Boats, portraits or giraffes, Houma artist Blaine Parfait can paint pretty much anything you could want.
Parfait, 54, is self-taught and has been painting for about six years, but has only been a full-time artist for a few months.
“I can paint pretty much anything. If I sit down at it, I can do it,” said Parfait.
His paintings can be sold at La Belle Maison Decor in Houma, where he also has a studio – in the hallway, first door on the left. Visitors can place an order with him in the store.
Prior to painting full time, Parfait worked as a sandblasting foreman but was injured last year which helped change direction. Parfait said he always had a talent for drawing. His mother and father encouraged him as a child to draw and pursue his creative interests. He often scribbled on notepads, but what got him to start painting was when someone he knew asked him to paint a swamp scene on a saw.
“I did it and just fell in love with painting,” he said, adding that he hopes to teach painting classes one day.
When he’s not painting commissions, Parfait often paints things that remind him of growing up in Dulac and life in bayou, such as crabs, lobsters, fish, birds, and bayou scenes. He also likes to paint scenes with cardinals because cardinals remind him of his parents, who both died last year.
For information on Blaine Parfait’s work, visit La Belle Maison Decor, 488 Corporate Drive Suite 4 in Houma, call 985-217-4515, or visit facebook.com/LBMDeco.
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This story is part of an ongoing profile series to showcase the artistic talents in the municipalities of Terrebonne and Lafourche. If you are an artist or would like to suggest an artist for a future profile, please email reporter Emily Enfinger at [email protected]