Chaos on canvas: Area resident commissioned artist Eddie Mormon to produce hurricane painting for her home | Local
Iowa’s Allison Savoy will always remember what it was like to witness Hurricane Laura, the strongest recorded storm to hit Louisiana in over 150 years. Her husband Travis Savoy is a law enforcement officer. He couldn’t go, she said. Her mother, Myrna Romaine, is 82 years old and was not afraid of what might happen. She said to her daughter, “It’s all in God’s hands.” The family had a generator and plenty of food and water.
“We all stayed for it, six of us,” she said. “It was scary and intense.”
Her home was brand new and was built 18 months before the hurricane hit.
“During construction, I put various Bible verses on the walls,” she said, “and sprinkled holy water. I know that God protected us. “
The house was damaged.
“Others had it much worse,” she said. “Some are homeless. It is so heartbreaking to see that Lake Charles was devastated far worse than it was after Hurricane Rita. “
Just in case her visceral memories of “Mother Nature’s Long Night” fade, including how the walls seemed to breathe and how the winds sucked the rooftop birds into the atmosphere, necessitating the French Doors held. It was closed for three hours and wanted a reminder.
As a supporter of local artists with paintings by Louisiana artists that adorned their walls, she commissioned Eddie Mormon to paint “The Eye of the Hurricane.”
“I’ve lived in Lake Charles all my life and I was familiar with his work,” she said. “He was the first I thought of to draw a picture.”
She likes his abstract style, his heavy use of oils and clearly defined brush strokes. There was also a Mormon, who also did not evacuate, a way to express his feelings about his own experience. When she saw the finished painting, she knew he had nailed it.
“It looked like chaos and that’s what it felt like,” she said, “like chaos.”