Art Challenge–Painting No. 14

Trouble Down South Art Challenge

Painting No. 14


Marie Claire’s Dress Shoe–1895


My next paintings will deal with characters and scenes from my Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two) for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

We will begin with Marie Claire, August Jefferson’s daughter, whom he has not seen in years.  She was sent off to attend school at the Louisiana State Normal School, a teaching college for Coloreds which prepared colored women to teach in colored public schools.  She meets up with a wild young girl, Tulane Broussard, who convinces her to sneak out of her school room to comb the streets of New Orleans.  They are soon caught and expelled from the school.  They don’t know what to do, Marie Claire refusing to contact her father for help.  They find refuge at a saloon, being hired as saloon girls in return for room and board.   Marie Claire meets Winston, a wealthy white man who takes an interest in her immediately.  They form a relationship, Marie Claire unaware that he is a married man.  When she discovers this fact, she confronts Winston, who convinces her that he will leave his wife to be with her exclusively.  That never happens.  Marie Claire becomes pregnant with their son, Buford Tee, whom Winston never claims as his own.  They continue their torrid affair, even though Winston never leaves his wife.  When Marie Claire fears for her life and the safety of her son, she returns to Ellisville, Mississippi, to see her father.  She leaves Buford Tee with him, returning to New Orleans only to be killed by the man she loves.

Read more about Marie Claire in Bootlegger Haze (Book One–The Saga).


Prints are available for purchase of the painting “Marie Claire’s Dress Shoe–1895.”   Prints are available in sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, and 16 x 20 inches (unframed).  Email Katrina Williams at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com for prices.

Check out the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta–


I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories.  View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.

Check out more of my artwork at my Art Blog–KPWms Art Studio.

Also check out my novels and short stories.  Katrina Parker Williams’ Books Available at Amazon,  Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes).


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