Ann deLorge decided she was going to be an artist when she was 5.
Her father was a sign painter and created advertising signs for many things, from Burma Shave to roadside zoos.
“I used to watch him,” said deLorge, who hails from Savannah but lived in New Orleans for 35 years before being uprooted by Hurricane Katrina and relocating to Augusta.
Those years in New Orleans and its music scene have inspired some of deLorge’s work. Her Web site, www.jazzartpaintings.com, expresses that influence.
Some of her prints that are available at Art on Broad, 1028 Broad St., are inspired by musicians such as Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker.
Under the influence of the jazz music, deLorge incorporated rich bright tones in her paintings. But there’s more to deLorge than jazz paintings. She has created several pieces that reflect life in Augusta such as First Friday in Augusta and The Fountain at Eighth Street.
She paints landscapes as well, but she does have one subject she prefers.
“I like to paint people,” said deLorge.
DeLorge said she tried to do other jobs in her life, but they never worked out for too long. Art is her passion, and she had to stay true to it. “It’s what I want to do, and it’s all I’ve ever done,” she said.