We asked our young artists to tell us who they are — with pictures. We gave them the choice of painting an actual portrait, which many artists did, or to construct a still-life of things that help define who they are. We received hundreds of wonderful “self-portraits” with approaches and techniques as varied as our readership.
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Ron Bell has been the designer of The Tennessee Magazine since December 1995. He also occasionally writes articles for the magazine and travels throughout the state, helping Tennessee’s electric cooperatives tell their story. He has designed logos for Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative and Mountain Electric Cooperative as well as T-shirts, posters, brochures and publications for TECA and co-ops throughout the state. Ron is also the creator and lead singer for his band, The Trailer Park Troubadours. Calling it “a hobby that got out of hand,” his musical pursuits have taken him across the U.S., to Canada and to Europe.