Madison County, Virginia resident, Lou Messa has been a professional painter since 1970. His style reflects the country landscapes and buildings which he paints, lush landscapes and old, run-down buildings, painted with exquisite detail.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lou spend three years studying at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts after high school. Once drafted into the Army, he became an illustrator, and once out of the service, he decided that he wanted to paint for a living. Cue a change of scenery as he and his family moved from Pennsylvania to the rural area of Madison, Virginia.
Now, over 40 years later, Lou still paints and has paintings hanging in many galleries along the East Coast, specializing mainly in acrylics on panel and paper, as well as watercolors.