by Laura Hutson
Artist Lonnie Holley was in town last week for a series of events at Oasis Center, and on Friday morning I had coffee with him at Barista Parlor in East Nashville. He's constantly making art, and held this painter's palette up to his face like a mask, called it "The Artist Who Saw Too Much," and after posing for this picture completely changed the piece by covering it with drawings. He got it from a flea market — the owner saw him admiring it and just handed it over, free of charge. Holley imagined a sun man, a water man, and an air man in the swirls of primary colored paint. He gave them all faces, and just like that it became a story so solid it could have easily been a hundred years old.