The Hoodlum of Toccopola

It was fun for me as a child to wait until cars would pass by and swing from my multi use jump rope onto coming traffic. As the cars would go by I thought how clever and funny I was to give them such a shock. Luckily for me there were only a handful of passersby and I was dubbed by my brother as a hoodlum of Toccopola.  The roses are wild one’s that grow on the banks of Toccopola Loop road and smell wonderful this time of year.  I love to drive through with my windows rolled down and let the scent waft in while I place my face out like that of a dog enjoying a Sunday drive.


I used mulberry juice to create the texture and stain on the road. I’m trying different mediums and looking forward to wowing you soon with a piece using birch bark. 2ftx4ft on boxed canvas using acrylic, paint pens, mulberries, paper, clear polyurethane, and saliva


About toccopolasam

Artist Statement: I'm an outsider artist of women's traditional arts. I've been categorized both as a folk artist and south Gothic artist. I'm not sure either category fits me, but I know my art is informed by a feminine gaze. I distrust labels of this kind. Like my grandmother sewing, I do this because I consider it beautiful. I believe in making art that has a narrative, one that creates an ambiance contributing to the visual effect of the work. Like all Southerners raised in the specter of Lost Cause discourse, memories haunt me and my work as an artist. Although southern Gothic is generally rendered in ockers and gray because of multiple layers of decay on the genre, I use garish, Madi Gras colors in defiance of the myth that Scarlett O Hara is alive and well and living in Toccopola. My art searches the landscape for signs of the new south, I'm trying to scrape off the Mary Kay and show the real face however pock-marked of lady antebellum.
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3 Responses to The Hoodlum of Toccopola

  1. ihavethesewords says:

    I love this! I love the flowers and how they pop out at you and I love the shadow of the trees on the path… beautiful piece 🙂 Thanks for the like btw.

    • toccopolasam says:

      It’s my home and it’s what made me the artist I am today. Thank you too for the likes, I have accumulated the most ever in the history of my art blog today.

  2. princepat says:

    this one’s really cool 🙂

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