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Essex Garner talks about the painting before him, an early one from his painting career. When he was in the US Army and stationed in Europe, he traveled wherever he could to see famous works, several of which he later painted.

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Mid-Missouri artist brings soldiers to life

Colored Volunteer Infantry subject of new portrait series

No records were kept of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, local artist Essex Garner was told. But he has photos and stories from those soldiers’ descendants for “Art: Portraits of America, The Buffalo Soldier.”


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