Our Trip to Hammond, LA to deliver Goldman Thibodeaux to the 10 Oaks compound. / by Zack Smith

Taking down an exhibit is tough. For a few months (if you are lucky) you have the luxury of bringing folks to a room dedicated to your most recent work and showing them what you do first hand. You've heard me say it time and time again, but having your photography displayed on a wall is the ultimate tribute to what you do as an artist. Taking that down, as I said, is tough.

If you are lucky enough (there's that word again) to have sold one of your photographs, there is then the joy of delivering the print to the new owner. I recently brought an image that sold from my recent My Louisiana Muse show to it's new owners, Michael Holly and Denise Tullier-Holly, at their beautiful lake house in Hammond, LA.

10 Oaks lake house in Hammond, LA - Home of Michael and Denise Holly.

10 Oaks lake house in Hammond, LA - Home of Michael and Denise Holly.

Michael Holly is an award winning architect who has created his long overdue getaway home that is a Net Zero energy home, totally wireless, quiet, and has a 6ft alligator on the property. Denise is an accomplished artists and award winning arts educator. Oh, and they are family: Michael's mother and my grandfather were brother and sister. 

View from the 2nd floor living room.

View from the 2nd floor living room.

We arrived to the smells of crawfish etouffee and the sounds of Zydeco pumping through the surround speakers. Bright smiles and warm hugs awaited my wife and I as we were still soaking in the beautiful modern architecture, our eyes rarely blinking.

Denise shows us her custom cabinets as Michael tastes the etouffe. "C'est Bon!" he says...

Denise shows us her custom cabinets as Michael tastes the etouffe. "C'est Bon!" he says...

Michael had specifically put on some old time Cajun music on his recent mix since we were there to deliver their print of Goldman Thibodeaux that they recently purchased from the show last September. The stipulations of the purchase required a personal home deliver, custom installation, and short stop over and tour. How could we say no?

Denise and Michael agree, Goldman DOES look like Uncle Jim....

Denise and Michael agree, Goldman DOES look like Uncle Jim....

Michael and Denise wow'd us on the history of 10 Oaks as they rode us around on their golf cart to the outer edges of the property. We smiled as they told story upon story of their connection to this land and it's impact on their lives. A tree they planted on their 25th anniversary hung in the epicenter of a keyhole of trees, the troublesome beavers that were chomping down their trees, and the lone driftwood that had swum in the manmade pond since day one. These were only a few of the stories we heard that day and each one was told from the heart. The views at 10 Oaks are breathtaking and unique only because they are from the mind and heart of the ones who made it. If the land is our first teacher (as Darrell Bourque would say) then the student must have the ability to teach the land at some point. Here at 10 Oaks, the man/land relationship is as symbiotic and complimentary as it can be.