L G Lemons
Larry Gene Lemons was born just north of Nashville, Tennessee, in Portland, and moved to his family's home in Ringgold, Texas when he was 2 weeks old. Like the bumper sticker says, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could." While his mom was expecting, she and his dad attended the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium on numerous occasion which might explain Larry's love for downhome country ways. This love for the country and the simpler things in life is most evident in most of Larry's art.
Later moving to nearby Nocona to grow up, fall in love and marry, Larry spent the first 27 years of his adult life raising a family and building a career as a successful portrait and wedding photographer. He achieved both state and national recognition as an award winning Master Craftsman Photographer. His photographic and artistic expertise garnered him a number of awards in juried Texas and Southwestern Professional Photographer exibitions including "Judges Choice" and the highest honors of trophies for "Best Portrait in the Southwest" and "Best Portrait of a Child." You could say he was an "artist with a camera."
He has served as president and director of the Nocona Chamber of Commerce, president and board member of the Dallas Professional Photographers Association, board member of the Texas Professional Photographers Association, and board member of the Tales' 'n' Trails Historical Museum project. He is a former member, past president, and Paul Harris Fellow of the Nocona Rotary Club.
Because of his love for art and things of Texas and the Great Southwest, in the year 2000 Lemons, along with his wife Donna, sold their successful photography business to pursue fine art on a full time basis. It was a daunting and challenging career move. However, this drastic career change has produced rewards and opportunities for creativity, learning, travel, and opportunity to make many new friends, including artists and art lovers, throughout the country while building an entirely new reputation and identity as an "artist with a brush."