The joy that C.F. Legette receives with each first pencil mark, ink line or brush stroke on a blank surface exceeds the last. Every new piece brings a new chance to express something that bubbles from within and presses to be free. Even though he may have already executed preliminaries inside of his head, Legette knows that the finished product will take off on its very own creative course. The finished product is a collaboration of thought, inspiration and experience. C.F. Legette has always pursued his creative propensity for as long as he can remember. His markings could be found on any surface available (Some of them with and many without permission). His grade school teachers would send letters home about his tendency to draw his words more than write them. His earliest formal art instructor (Mrs. Barbara Townsend, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School), saw that and squeezed that creativity out of him sneakily. Often before he realized what was going on he had volunteered his service for school projects. Of course she graded everything as extra credit but it always kept Legette working and that was the important thing. She knew that he would not turn her down. It was practice without her hands-on instructions. However, it wasn't until Professor J. Craig Greene (Art Professor: Chowan College Murfreesboro, N.C.) began to get into Legette's head that he started to really think about what was actually being said and what was going on with a canvas. It was a question that did not rest well with him at first. That question is too personal to repeat but Legette prays that other professors are as good with their inspirational techniques with students.
Legette believes great art can only begin to take shape when an artist realizes who they are. This was the essence of his professor's motivation. Legette also has learned that an artist also should keep some things within and allow the viewer to see what they see and not crowd the experience. It took Legwtte almost thirty-two years to realize that he was a lost soul. Saved by Christ Jesus, his energy now is focused on pleasing HIM. Now a simple piece of blank paper, a pencil/ink-pen and creating something with Christian values in it is more satisfying than almost anything. Norman Rockwell has always fascinated him by the light-hearted way he depicts the simple things in life. His Christian beliefs spill out of his illustrations without stating a word. Legette prays that his work someday does a fraction of that. Winslow Homer and Peter Paul Ruben are two other artists that Legette has studied. Winslow on his water works and Peter Paul on the heavy traffic he uses and still the painting comes together without overpowering any individual part on it. Ultimatley, C.F. Legette hopee that the joy that he places in each drawing transfers to you in a manner that brings joy to your life.