To Maya from McKissic: Chattanooga artwork was part of Maya Angelou's collection

photo Maya Angelou

photo "Jimmy's Blues," by James McKissic

photo Work by James McKissic on display at Northshore Gallery of Contemporary Art includes "Feast Day of Yemaya."

James McKissic was not looking to sell his favorite painting, a 24-by-18-inch mixed-media piece he created almost 24 years ago called "Jimmy's Blues."

McKissic, director of multicultural affairs for Chattanooga, has been an artist his whole life and simply was showing the piece along with some of his other works at an art festival in Nashville 10 years ago. "Jimmy's Blues" is a portrait of James Baldwin, author of such works as "Notes of a Native Son" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain."