CHICAGO (CBS) — Jazz great Ramsey Lewis isn’t the only artist in his family, reports WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger.
After studying at the School of the Art Institute, Jan Lewis began designing wooden bangles while she was on the road with her famous husband.
“I’d stay in the hotel room when Ramsey would perform. So I started painting and thought, ‘Now, how do I start this?’ So I just started placing dots because I’m not a painter….So I just said, ‘Ok, let me just get my placement with some dots.’ One dot kind of led to another and it just ended up that was how my style developed.”
At first it was mainly a hobby.
“I tried early on, in the early ’90’s to get them reproduced but was told they were just too detailed to be done. So I put them in the back of my closet for twenty years.”