Dempsey Essick is a self taught, self expressed realist watercolor artist. He is known as the Hummingbird Bird Artist; not only for the hummingbirds he paints but for the hidden hummingbirds he hides in his paintings.
Aunt Sallie Parnell, of Tyro, North Carolina, was 102 years old when a young Dempsey Essick painted the still life centered around her talent of weaving rag rugs. She and Dempsey were very close until her death at age 107. See “From Aunt Sallie’s Loom”
It was quite by accident that Dempsey stumbled over the family home place of Muriel Jane Ellis of Iredell County, North Carolina. Miss Ellis drank her water from a well and washed her clothes by hand. She had never married and lived alone except for a cat named “Him”. This painting received national acclaim when it showed in the National Academy of Design in NYC. See “Miss Jane’s Wash Day”