Early Work

Dusti’s early work was significantly inspired by Archie’s depictions of local scenes.  She also found inspiration in her immediate surroundings, which offered her rich and unusual compositions for still life paintings.  And, like most great artists, she did her fair share of self portraits.  In each case she played with geometry and color, creating brightly colored Cubist-inspired, yet still objective, realist works. 

 

Self Portrait, c. 1936-39, oil crayon on paper, 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in

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Untitled (Biloxi Cottages), 1937, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA.

 

Untitled (Biloxi Cottage), 1938, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 in.

Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA.

 

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Where the Shrimp Pickers Live, 1940, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS.

 

The Balcony, 1943, oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in.

Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS.

 

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Bananas, 1943, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.