By Alice Rae Yelen
“While employed as a custodian at Parham Elementary School in Little Rock, Kendrick covered the walls of his supply closet from floor to ceiling with his pictured, painted on ordinary cardboard. One day early in 1977, Ruth Kaplan, an art program administrator, happened to open door to Kendrick’s closet. It was, she recalls, ‘Like walking into another world!” Kaplan immediately sought out the artist, requesting that he demonstrate his painting where students could watch . . . . A decade would pass before he again gained the notice of an outside supporter. . . .” A personal story told in 33 pages followed by 62 pages of full color paintings.