The painting incorporates a colorful abstract depiction of four women with baskets on their heads on a black canvas background. Each woman is adorned in multicolored clothing that reveals each of the artist's brushstrokes. Signed and titled by the artist on the back of the canvas and is in good condition.
Leon Collins was born in Galveston. At the age of four, he was sent to live with relatives in Baton Rouge. At eight he moved to Beverly Hills, California to live with his mother. Each summer he was sent to Brazoria, Texas to stay with his great-great-grandmother, “Big Mama.” “Big Mama,” who lived to be 114, told him stories which he recorded in his Big Chief notebook. When Leon’s mother passed away, Leon moved from California to Navasota, Texas where his mother’s sister lived. “If God gives me my sight back, I’m going to start painting again.” For two years Leon’s daughter Molly Bee was his caretaker when he was afflicted by brain cancer in 2005. In 2007, his sight returned. He kept his promise to God. Before returning to his art, Leon spent time as a picker for Tejas Antiques. Duane Garner, owner, saw some of Molly Bee’s paintings and quickly sold them at his shop. Both Leon and Molly Bee were quickly in the art business. Word of their “folk” art quickly spread. Their paintings hang from coast to coast. Recently Rice University recognized their art with the exhibit "The Color of Life." Of his artwork, Leon Collins said: "Ninety percent of my work comes from God and Big Mama.”
H 48 in. x W 60 in. x D 1.5 in.