Life & Legacy

“Painting depends on freedom.  When you’re feeling completely free,  you can create, and this power to create is, in turn, the greatest freedom of all.” – George Rodrigue

There’s a universal appeal to George Rodrigue’s art that gets inside one’s soul. You don’t just see it— you FEEL it.

We are committed at Rodrigue Studios to sharing the life and art of George Rodrigue, and to educate as best we can on the evolution of his work, and the processes behind it. Each piece tells a story— a reaction to current events, a state of mind, the past, the present, the future,  or love. Within each piece can be found common elements— the Rodrigue Oak— chopped off at the top, the Cajun people, their light glowing from within, the Blue Dog, staring straight at the viewer, asking the questions, “Why are we here?” “Where are we going?” There are swirls, flowers, suns, butterflies, and even hurricanes. George Rodrigue painted LIFE.

As part of our mission to spread awareness of this GREAT AMERICAN ARTIST we now have two specifically themed Rodrigue exhibitions a year at Rodrigue Studio in New Orleans. (link to current)  The exhibitions include both available work, and pieces graciously loaned by Rodrigue collectors. Regular gallery receptions are attended by the Rodrigue Family, and often include a heartfelt gallery discussion with the artist’s widow, Wendy Rodrigue.

“Sixty years later I still paint the way I felt as a child.  I emphasize to students how important it is to retain that innocence, and that it’s okay to create art in this way.” – George Rodrigue


“It is my life’s work, since 1991, to educate others —through exhibitions, lectures, school visits, and writing— about the life and art of George Rodrigue.

“The Life & Legacy Tour began because I felt compelled to help others experience George Rodrigue in a more personal way.  Now, the tour is in demand more than ever, with no end in sight!  And perhaps that’s exactly as it should be.” – Wendy Rodrigue

The Life and Legacy Tour continues Fall 2018, not only in Louisiana, but in other states as well, taking Wendy to colleges and universities, community groups, museums, and schools. She shares George’s story while using original paintings from his archives and her private collection as visual aids.