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August 15, 2018 - DeSoto Magazine recently featured Mike!

A Colorful Perspective

Robin Gallaher Branch | Photography courtesy of Ken Walker

After a brush with death, Michael Maness has a new attitude and colorful perspective on life and art.

Michael Patrick Maness measures his life by opportunities, cancer, hardships, making money and giving it away, and talent. What predominates is luck. He lives hard and fast.

"I've been incredibly lucky," says Maness, known for his skill, generosity, sense of fun, and grit.

His multiple careers include dancer, writer, and artist - the latter is now dominant. He currently has an exhibit of 40 acrylic paintings at the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis; stars like Janiva Magness, Walter Trout, Bobby Rush, Victor Wainwright, and John Nemeth autographed 25. Averaging 3 x 4.5 feet, the paintings range in price from $300 to $5,000. Those with a written song sell from $10,000 to $30,000. Midtown Framer & Art, another Memphis location, also carries his work.

"I've reinvented myself three times," Maness, 61, says. "My job now is watching the paint dry and caring for my mom." He has been her primary caregiver for 10 years. Known to all as Miss Evelyn or Mom, she suffered multiple strokes, has dementia, and accompanies her son almost everywhere with her walker.

Maness received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the International Blues Foundation in 2010. His classic acrylic of Glen Campbell shows the recording icon atop a rearing stallion. It sold for $50,000. The money went to the Alzheimer's Foundation, Maness says.

"My mother doesn't remember the ceremony," he chuckles. "What she remembers is 'that nice man,' Glen Campbell, who wheeled her around the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville and sang to her."

Maness has been painting since fourth grade. He prefers Sharpies and acrylics to oils because of speed; an oil dries in six weeks. "I can easily do 45 acrylics in that time. If I worked in oil, they'd stick together," he says with a laugh.

Fighting lymphoma for 16 years changed him. Although he used to paint in black and white, he now splashes his canvasses with brightness. While undergoing chemo, he found that dark colors made him angry, paranoid, and violent, but vibrant yellows, reds, and oranges brought him smiles. He shades and shadows in cobalt blue.

He describes his studio in Southaven, Mississippi, as "a mess". It contains a La-Z-Boy couch and ongoing projects. He often paints in a darkened room and breaks to watch a musical with his mother. One painting may take 30 hours.

Luck includes good mentoring. As a cartoonist, he was mentored by Jeff MacNelly, the Richmond News Leader's Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, and Mad magazine's Jack Davis. He graduated in 1979 from Virginia Commonwealth University with an advertising and marketing degree.

Before cancer struck, he danced in television's Dancin' USA and Broadway shows like The King and I with Yul Bryner. Gene Kelly taught him. Even with chemo's revenge of arthritis, he can still do Kelly's signature sailors kick, a heel-to-heel snap on both sides.

He's written and illustrated 23 children's books. One about a little mermaid served as a good promotional for visitors to Weeki Wachee, Florida. Writing in rhyme and illustrating in color, he repurposed that memorable tale.

Hardship marks his life. At age eight, he was hit by a car and in a body cast for a year. Maness stuttered as a child but overcame it by acting in plays. In 2005, he lost many paintings in Katrina. He endured a very painful stem cell transplant and was in hospital isolation for two years. Chemo affected his memory; he's still paying medical bills.

"But I've been cancer-free for six years!" he rejoices.

Maness is generous. His donated art has raised $6 million over 20 years for 150 charities worldwide, he estimates.

It hangs all over Memphis in places like the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Racquet Club, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Mid-South Food Bank. He even has a school named after him in Mahahual, Mexico. Why is that? It's because he donates art at a dock with the stipulation that the proceeds go to the nearby town.

Maness enjoys life. To celebrate being chemo free, he and friends take twice-yearly cruises. Good times roll. They call themselves PUPPI's- the Professional Union of Perverted Pirates International. Ship's officers - like the captain and purser - regularly join their table, certain of fun and welcome, Maness grins.

PUPPI's Les and Lee Yancey, cattle ranchers in Oakland, Tennessee, have cruised. "Michael's hilarious," Les says, adding she thinks she owns more Maness paintings than anybody in the world.

Memphis photographer Ken Walker works with Maness on many projects. "Some of his paintings of B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan come from my photos," Walker says.

Carol Jones, a friend Maness trusts to care for his mother, says this: "If he promises you something like a painting, you can bet the ranch on it. He'll do it. His word is his bond."

Describing himself as "a creative," Maness says, "I have a God-given talent. I love to give it away. I wish I didn't have to charge for my paintings, but I need the money to live and to take care of my mom." Then, smiling, he adds, "I'm Peter Pan. You can't be sad and look at my art."

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Recently printed at DeSoto Magazine.

March 9, 2018 - My ART will grace the Blues Hall of Fame from This month till October with 2 openings, and 4-5 trolley Tours. The official opening is Tuesday, March 27, 5:30-7:30 pm. The one which will be filled with Blues Stars will be May 10 from 11:30 am-1:30 Pm, during BMA week. The rest will be Trolley Tours. Have a good day...

Besides close to 60 new paintings for sale, there will be Limited edition Giclee prints, for sale, and on the List to finish by BMA week is post cards, and coloring book. Come to one, come to All. The ART will be changing as the display progress's.

February 13, 2018 - Mike is having an ART installation at the Blues Hall of Fame.  Lots of new stuff!  Come grab the piece you fall in love with or be inspired to give Mike a call for your own customer ART!

November 19, 2017 - Mike is  going to have an ART show in his house on Sunday, November 19, doors open at noon till Dark. By then it will be 60 new paintings. Free Beverages, and if you stay after dark, I'll order Pizza.

November 12, 2017 - 2017 PRICE LIST

ITYBITTY 8X10 / 9X12 / 10X10 $150-$300
TINY 11x14 / 12x12 $300-$500
SMALL 16X20 / 18X24 / 20X24 / 20X20 $400-$600
MEDIUM 18X36 / 24X30 / 24X24 $500- $1000
LARGE 30X30 / 24X36 $800-$1500
BIG 36X36 / 24X48 / 30X40 $1400-$2500
DAMN BIG 36x48 / 48x48 / 48x64 $2500- NEGOTIATE
DypTyks Double TripTyks Triple Negotiate x2 or x3 

GICLEES $150-$500

LITHOGRAPHS $20-$100

October 8, 2017 - Over one hundred new pieces of ART from the past year were just added to the site... Lots and lots to see here.  Follow Mike on Facebook to see the latest or contact him to get something custom made!

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WEEK OF OCTOBER 6, 2017
THE FLORIDITA 30"x30" SOLD
"M" BRIDGE SUMMER 24"x24"
STRIDES 24"x30" SOLD
3 TREES 9"x12"


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WEEK OF AUGUST 29, 2017
MOON SHINE 18"x36"
ECLIPSE OF THE HEART 18"x36"
JETT 18"x36"
BANG! 18"x36"
TRANSPARENT HEART 24"x30" 
SRV SPOT 24"x30"
TIME FOR LOVE 24"x24"
MEMPHIS BRIDGE 24"x24"
DUCK WALK 36"x48"
GOLDEN WOOD 48"x60"


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WEEK OF AUGUST 3, 2017
BLUE HERRON 24"x30"
PATH TO FAITH 18"x36"
CHURCH IN THE TREES 18"x24"

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WEEK OF MARCH 19, 2017
FOOT DOC TO THE WORLD 24"x36" SOLD
CUBAN CAR 4'x5'

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WEEK OF JUNE 29, 2017
PATRIOTIC VOLCANO 4'x4' SOLD
BUTTERFLY DINNER 36"x48"
COOL PIANO 18"x36"
YOUNG ARETHA 18"x36"
BLACK HAT 24"x24"
LOVERS 24"x24" SOLD
BB KING 24"x30"
TANGO "R" 9"x12" SOLD


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WEEK OF MAY 7, 2017
ANDREA'S MIDNIGHT HOUR 24"x30" SOLD
BAREFOOT'S BABY MARTIN SOLD
BOOGIE LONG 18"x36"
VICTOR JAMMIN 24"x30"
RED FEATHER 24"x30"
MONUMENT INDY 24"x30"

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WEEK OF APRIL 26, 2017
GLOWING BUTTERFLY 24"x30" SOLD
CUBAN BUICK 36"x48"
KICKING UP THE DIRT 30"x48"
TURTLE 30"x30"

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WEEK OF APRIL 8, 2017
DOCK GUITAR SOLD
TOM PETTY 4'x5'
EMBASSY ROW 4'x5'
SEARCHING 4'x4'
PARADISE 3'x4'
MERMAID 30"x48"
SPOTLIGHT ON SRV 24"x30"
TURTLE 20"x24"
GOLDEN PALM 18"x24"
SETTING HEART 20"x24" 


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WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2, 2017
LADY IN RED ATLANTA 30"x40" SOLD
JOSH TRIBUTE SOLD
MOON OVER THE MEMPHIS BRIDGE SOLD
TROLLEY PARTY 4'x5' SOLD
HEART MUSIC 18"x24"

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WEEK OF JANUARY 9, 2017
RED SAIL 36"x48"
JAZZ PIANO 24"x30" SOLD
FLOATING HEART 12"x12"
LION 16x20 SOLD

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WEEK OF DECEMBER 14, 2016
GREEN TREE 8"x10"
2 TREES 8"x10"
3 TREES 8"x10"
ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY 24"x30"
ABSTRACT GRIZZ 16"x20"
SAX BLUE 10"x20" SOLD
EVERGREENS 10"x20"
BLUE TREE 12"x12"
LITE BLUE TREE 12"x12"
GRASS HEART 10"x10"
TRANSPARENT HEART 10"x10"
HEART ON THE WATER 10"x10"


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WEEK OF DECEMBER 8, 2016
BLUE ELVIS 12"x12"
SHARE 18"x36"
3 CROSSES 18"x36"
FALLING STARS 18"x36"
PRAY 18"x36"
PEACE ON EARTH 24"x36"
CHRISTMAS TREE 24"x36"
BLUES CITY 9"x16"
BLUE PIANO 9"x16"
ROBBIN 12"x12"

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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27, 2016
AL EINSTEIN 10"x10"
BLUE LADY 10"x20"
LADY IN RED 10"x20"
BLUE THUNDER 10"x20"
RED THUNDER 10"x20"
GOOD MORNING 9"x12"
CHURCH ON THE HILL 9"x12"
FENCE 9"x12"
STALLION 9"x12"
POE AND FRIENDS 12"x12"
BEETHOVEN 12"x12"


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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21, 2016
TRIBUTE TO GRANNY SOLD
2 PALMS 12"x24"
AUTUMN PATH 12"x24"
BLUE BACK 12"x24"
EMPATHY 12"x12"
SNOW TREE 12"x12"
BLUE CLOUDS 10"x10"
BLUE BIRDS 10"x10"
BRIEFCASE OF LOVE 10"x10"

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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 15, 2016
MOON CHURCH 12"x12"
WOOF 30"x30"
SNOW PONIES 24"x24"
INSPIRE 12"x24" 
ROAD TO PURPLE TREES 12"x12"
BLUE BOAT 12"x12"
BLACK BIRD 12"x12" 


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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8, 2016
THE ROAD AT DUSK 18"x24"
ROCK THE VOTE 18"x36"
FOLLOW ME 18"x36"
FREEDOM 24"x24"
WINTER RIVER 20"x24"

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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1, 2016
4 TREES 12"x24"
TIGER BLUE 36"x36"
WINTER 4 12"x24"
RIVER SUNSET 10"x20"
BLUE FIELD 10"x20"
CHURCH ON THE HILL 10"x20"
THE SUN BETWEEN 10"x20"
RIVER RUN 10"x20"
WINTER BLUE 10"x20"


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March 12, 2017 - TODAY March 12, 2017 will be the Celebration of my 5 Years in Remission from my Cancers. Sorry, but I thought I would BRAG a little.

February 17, 2017 - Even though my Birthday is February 24, due to amazing circumstances, I will be out of town. The PUPPI's have decided to throw me a "60th" Birthday Bash on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Purple Haze. Purple Haze is across the street from the Gibson Guitar Factory. The Party begins at 7 PM. It will be a Party.

December 6, 2016 - New show recently announced!  Be sure to visit Mike for Music, Free Beverages, Food, and over 50 New Paintings!  The show is on THURSDAY, December 15 from 6-9pm at Midtown Framers - 1523 Union in Memphis.

October 24, 2016 - A Gibson Guitar Town honor:  Mike was asked 

along with 19 other Mid-South Artists to paint BIG 10 foot tall Gibson Guitars for what Gibson is calling "Memphis Guitar Town."

Mike chose to honor his friend and Memphis / Rock and Roll / Songwriting Hall of Famer / Stax and Guitar Great / Music Legend, Steve Cropper, of Booker T and the MG's and Blues Brother's fame.

Mike had help. His friends Carol Jones, and Richard Stanley helped him paint, carry, and position the BIG Guitar for painting. Steve Cropper also agreed to pen a couple of his famous song Lyrics on the Guitar. The combination of work from Mike and his Friends was magic. Gibson will initiate Memphis as a Guitar Town November 2016.  See the progress of the guitar below.

October 15, 2016 - Another month brings more paintings!  Some absolute beauties in this update.  See anything you like?  Mike can paint you anything!

HER BACK 16"x20" SOLD 
HOT PINK ROSE 24"x24"
MORNING CAST 18"x24"

ROLLING ON THE RIVER 18"x36"
WHITE CAPS 30"x40" SOLD

DOCK AND SKY
Two 24"x30" painting stacked on top of each other to present an impressionist statement about scene. The feathering of the clouds were inspired by the Clouds seen after a thunderstorm on the river.
This painting is SOLD

REFLECTION 10"x10"
TREE ON THE HILL 24"x24"

BLUE TREES 10"x10"
SPARSE CLOUDS 10"x10"

CHRISTMAS 10"x10"
WHITE TREES 10"x10"

LOLLIPOP FOREST 10"x10"
UTOPIA 10"x10"

BUTTERFLY ON A CLOUD 10"x10"

September 30, 2016 - Mike stays busy painting!  How about giving him an email or call if you need something painted OR like something you see. :)


The above are SOLD
Rocks 10 N Main
Rocks Trolley
Rocks Tree 
Rocks Building


Selfie and the Church 24"x30" Commission
The WHO Hit's 50 Guitar for Moonshine Ball

August 31, 2016 - A few new paintings Mike did back in August...

 
Memphis Bridge Night 20"x24" and ...
Tribute to Randy


MORRIS TRIBUTE


JAKE 24"x30"


THIN BLUE LINE
18"x24" my response to the abstract concept that now honors criminals instead of praising the police for stopping a criminal in the act of a crime. Peace and security I the calming cool colors and Chaos in the red.


BLUESMAN BY THE BRIDGE
my painted guitar for the new Moonshine Ball


RT Scott Song
18"x36"

July 31, 2016 - Mike wanted to share this with everyone.

50 BAD DAYS

On Memorial Day, my MOM went to the restroom and lost a quart of blood. It was called a GI Bleed. It took 5 procedures and a colonoscopy to fix it. We spent 10 days on and off from the ICU.

During this Hospital Stay, being away from Home, we had a plumbing leak that destroyed 4 rooms, a Hallway, and a Staircase. So we had NO place to live while the home was being fixed. Being avid Casino patrons we were able to stay in the casino's for 12 days, completely comped.

During those twelve days my MOM started going down hill. By day 12 her Blood count was 22, and we checked back into the ER at Baptist Desoto Hospital. Also during this time I argued with the Insurance company, it took 15 days till they settled. While in the Casino's and the 17 day stay in Baptist it took the construction crew 26 days to fix my house. Now during this 17 day stay, MOM had a transfusion, and she did well. The next day MOM went into Respiratory Distress. The Doctors told me to call Family and Friends to come and pay their last respects to my MOM.

She didn't die, but we went back to the ICU. We visited the ICU 3 times during this Stay. Seventeen days later I brought my overly Demintia'd MOM back home. I had cousins clean the house, and dump everything not needed. I rearranged her room, bought her a new mattress, and a Stair Lift inclinator for the Stairs. Also during this time I have NOT worked and lost thousands in commissions. So now you might understand why this has been the worst 50 days of my Life.

March 30, 2016 - I will be coming to Nashville April 5, to be part of a Grand Event. My Friend and Music Legend Steve Cropper, and I will be autographing my Cropper lithographs and Giclees at Devine ART Cafe.

In the background you may notice many of my original paintings, and prints; all of which will be for sale. I also have the great honor of introducing a new Star on the ART world Horizon, Andrea Cropper. Her originals and prints will also be available.

There will also be Food, Beverages, Cigars, and a Silent Auction. Please come by and say, "Hi!"  In short, it's a party on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Devine ART Cafe 604 Gallatin Ave # 109.

I want to thank my friends...
Ric Eller, Angel Cropper, and Kathy Dozier, for putting this together. And, thank you Paula Hock and Devine ART Cafe for inviting me.

Check out previews of some of the ART available below... :)

Dock of the Bay
Bite the Bullet
TN Stars
Neon King


Piano City
Piano Nashville


Red City BG
Red Nashville
Skinny Red


Midnight Hour
Heart Music
Guitar Journey

March 28, 2016 - Mike's painted a LOT of new stuff for 2016!  Check out the gallery new arrivals.

March 15, 2016 - I am always asked can I paint "x"? So, I thought I would design a business card for the digital age that can answer that question.  I can customize this concept for any business.  You will find 10 examples below.




February 24, 2016 - Wednesday I will begin my 59th Tour around the Sun.  So to Celebrate I'm having an ART SHOW, with an Open Bar for FUN.  There will be around 20 New Original Paintings, MOM, and Me.  So come by Playhouse on the Square, between 5-6:30 PM and see.  The Dinner part of the evening will be at Mr. B's Steak House beginning around 8 PM.  - Mike

January 8, 2016 - My next ART display will be at Playhouse on the Square from January 15 - February 25, with the ART SHOW Party and my Birthday Colliding on Wednesday February 24, from 5-6:30 PM then moving onto Mr. B's for a Steak Dinner beginning around 8 PM. All NEW ART, kinda the same drinks, and maybe some music as well.

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