Terrance Osborne 

Hurricane Katrina refugee Terrance Osborne, 31, is a New Orleans native whose murals and paintings document the eclectic architecture and energy of the city. Osborne fled the storm with his family and plans on staying permanently in Atlanta.

What is your living situation now?

We expected to go back home soon but were devastated after watching the news and being told that we couldn't return. At that point, we realized that everything that we owned was in the back of our van. We received many kind offers from clients and friends to come and live with them. We took the best offer, which was a three-bedroom home in Acworth, owned by clients/friends. When we arrived at their once vacant home, it was fully furnished with food in the fridge and all utilities on.

What unique struggles do you think artists have in a disaster like this one?

I think the hardest thing in such a catastrophe is that the artist's environment is changed. Because artists are used to drawing from their environment, they become displaced, disoriented and depressed. Besides needing supplies to rebuild our portfolios, we must also rebuild our status as professional artists.

Are you worried about how tied up your creativity is with a vision of the city that may now be lost forever?

I am not worried about New Orleans being lost forever. I just don't see it. My paintings aren't about the homes, they are about the spirit of the people who live in the homes. You can tell a lot about certain people by where they live or what they live in. My job is to show that these houses, with their warped wood, multicolored shingles and rustic appeal, are beautiful.

See more of Terrance Osborne's work at www.galleryosborne.com.

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