Locals remember Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 03:08 PM.

In 1982 Rodrigue painted a work that has Tusa standing under an oak tree with his son. The painting was bought by Lindy Boggs. Tusa said the painting now hangs in the National Archives and became the artwork for the front cover of a phone book for southwest Louisiana.

"I used to tell him he put me in every motel in southwest Louisiana," said Tusa.

Years later Rodrigue painted the Blue Dog.

"There was something in the dogs' eyes that was mystical," he said. "Galleries have all kinds of art in them, but George had the Blue Dog.”

The Blue Dog paintings, which catapulted Rodrigue to fame, was patterned after the artist's own little dog, Tiffany, who hung out with him in his gallery.

Rodrigue painted a work for Tusa featuring five Blue Dogs, all wearing chef hats.

"I look at it every day and miss him, but he will be missed by many," said Tusa. "He loved to make people happy."

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