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Rodney Hatfield, "Art Snake"

Rodney Hatfield, a.k.a. Art Snake, grew up in Kentucky in a working-class family. Though fine art itself may not have had a prominent place in his formative years, folk art, music and the art of living abounded. Hatfield’s childhood was rich with diverse characters and lifestyles.

Music was his first love and has long been a big part of Hatfield’s life. Late nights spent blowing blues harp on stage with his band for the last three decades has added to his sense of rhythm and appreciation of colorful people. The lyrical sensibilities and humor cultivated as a club musician are reflected in his work as a painter.

Hatfield is self-taught, which is to say he has gathered information from many sources including his own. He credits the works of Marc Chagall and Joan Miro as early inspirations.

Hatfield’s talent as a visual artist was evident from an early age. Yet it took many years for him to feel ready to expose his very private art to the public. He had already made a name for himself as a musician, so when he was ready to share his paintings with the world, he decided to sign his name “Art Snake,” a humorous play on the phrase “art for art’s sake.”

In this Louisville Life story, Hatfield talks about his successful art career, shares some of his unique paintings and reveals his experiences as a musician in several Kentucky bands, including the Hatfield Clan, the Metropolitan Blues All-Stars and Tin Can Buddha.

Program 315
Former Miss America Heather French Henry talks about her new line of pageant attire; we paint the town red with artist/musician Rodney Hatfield; visit St. Matthews' eatery Lotsa Pasta; plus a look at Lincoln in celebration of the president's Bicentennial. (#315)