Celebrate Tennessee: The Art Of Ludie Amos

Posted at 8:21 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 21:27:25-05

Ludie Amos' talent with clay, styrofoam, fabric and paint turned the world's attention to her and Tennessee.

Her marriage to a military man brought Ludie Amos to Clarksville, Tennessee years ago, but it was her raw talent that brought attention to her.

"I started this, I was making dolls before, but I really started doing this type of work, I made like cartoonish characters, kind of and I wanted a little bit more realism. I sought to get realism, I started with the styrofoam making dolls and I started in 86 I believe, 1986.

That was thirty years ago, when Amos was a secretary at Marshall Elementary School, but she was inspired to create long before 1986.

"I've always been interested in art. I have to go back to my childhood. I made doll clothes. I made drawings. I did different things automatically. It would come to me, and art was my favorite subject in school," she said.

However, it was when the 81 year old, Thomaston, Georgia native decided to combine her love of art, fashion and people watching that she began to create dolls.

Amos' work has won numerous awards, been featured in museums and media and is now on display at a well known Nashville Art Gallery.

Ms.Amos says, even though she spends a lot of her time with her grandchildren, she plans to continue to create, whenever the mood hits and time allows.