Elmer Joseph Gipson is a retired cosmetologist who has found his way back to Lee County after an exciting life that included a stint in the Navy aboard USS FORRESTAL (CVA-59), and working or owning businesses in Nevada, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, and various cities around Kentucky.
He even took some time off to be a Beach Bum in St. Croix, The Virgin Islands. A part time artist his entire life, he returned to the mountains of his boyhood in 2006 to pursue his passion to paint in acrylic full time.
He started painting in oil but found the long wait for oils to dry, allergies, and the toxic nature of the medium constraining. He shifted his focus to “more green” acrylic.
To prevent interruptions, he has no cable, telephone or internet in his home. He just paints, reads and arranges flowers.