Jimmy Lovejoy jokes around with his daughter Natalie at her gallery in Mount Dora on February 29, 2008. Lovejoy is half African American, half Choctaw, and a former circus performer and slaughterhouse worker with a fourth grade education. He began selling his paintings out of the back of his car for a few dollars 40 years ago. His works, many of which depict blacks in Old West settings, now sell for thousands and are displayed at the National Cowboy Museum. His work also inspired Natalie, one of his 11 children, to open The Painter’s Daughter clothing and art store in Mount Dora, where he will have a showing this weekend.
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