Testimonials

Larry Lewis’ memoir Where Paint Goes is a reflective and introspective recalling of interweaving life events, some light-hearted and some harrowing, that highlight the development of not only his impressive art but his bold and adaptive personality. The book’s honest approach, both grammatical and emotional, allows the reader to journey through a lifetime of lessons learned and successes by covering heart-pounding topics such as racism, love, loss, cultural appreciation and non-conventional ideation.

The writing can easily and appropriately shift between layman terms to that of a seasoned professional in an effortless, yet comfortable pace. Industry anecdotes provoke more of a sense of education than belittlement as there are no obsessive ruminations on art instruction nor lengthy meticulous historical references. The book delivers a behind-the-scenes to the depth of the art field and the rapid changes and challenges Lewis experienced over many years in several markets.
Where Paint Goes is a meaningful and motivational narrative that is relatable, truthful and unpredictable. An artist’s life, whose chapters are destined to create their own format.

Steven Binns, Jr., MBA, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
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“The first time I saw Larry’s paintings, whether it was realistic water colors of a trout in a stream or fantastic human characters wrapped in a geological statement of being (you figure out what that means by checking out his work), I was left stunned by his vision. How did it get there? What makes the man that makes what has just captured my heart. How did he know where the paint should go? ‘Where Paint Goes’ is a journey into what made that artist see the world the way he does. At times joyful, such as when a young man gets kissed on the cheek by a legend of music. At times heartbreaking as we go through what should be an unbearable loss. And at all times revealing the tinted lens through which Larry sees the world. ‘Where the Paint Goes'” will not be an easy journey. Artists express what they see and feel, and often that’s shaped by a forge the rest of us never go through. We can only gaze at what they’ve created and try to understand their vision. Here, you get a glimpse into the mind of Larry Lewis that will leave you wanting more.”

Lawrence Jones

I have known the artist, Larry Lewis for more than 30 years, enough time to share in some of the adventures represented in his book.

This well written book chronicles his incredible life adventures as well as his steadfast resilience, strength and passion for all things related to creating art and being true to himself. Reading this story you cannot help yourself, but to become involved in the journey.

Pete Chichester

In a sometimes rollicking—often reeling—story that reveals that art is far more than paint and brush, paper and canvas, Lewis takes us along on his rollercoaster ride of a life to share insights that make a man and an artist. In an intriguing blend of love and loss, emotional bankruptcy and redemption, the author shows us how to emerge from both unbearable pain and unanticipated success, to find the pleasure of normal life. Or, perhaps, that nothing is normal in this world and rather we should appreciate—even treasure—the journey.

Jerry Jamison

While reading Larry Lewis’s book I was surprised to discover new stories about and old friend. As a former student and friend for over 20 years, It’s Larry’s life story and it’s a wild one. His personal history and his art are woven together in eye popping moments, gutsy decisions, grit, grace and the raw truth as he sees it. The book is an intriguing, informative and above all, honest account of his evolution as an artist and person.

Wishing Larry and his new book much success,
Heather Neibert

Larry has been a close friend sense 1970. His adventurous spirit has always been an attractive part of our relationship. As an artist Larry has always tested the limits of what life has to offer. His art reflects that. His upbringing was conservative, his father was a mid-west style preacher. At a young age he challenged just about everything in front of him. Why is there air? Or, what is life about? What should I do about it? At times Larry could become reckless. His friends have saved his life more than once. It’s a book about adventure, good adventure. I hadn’t realized how much would be in this book. It’s about 220 pages, it could have been easily 2020 pages without trying. I have enjoyed reading it immensely.

Steve Borges