Robert Dafford, born in 1951, has been doing murals for more than 30 years. He studied art at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and interrupted his art work to serve three years as a naval illustrator and draftsman during the Vietnam War. His first mural was a rainbow trout painted in 1969 for a fish market. He now has painted nearly 300 murals around the world. Several are in New Orleans. One prominent location is on the corner of Girod and Magazine streets. This depicts a horse-drawn coffee wagon of the Reilly Coffee Company. Another striking mural is the 150 foot tall clarinet on the side of the Holiday Inn on Loyola Avenue which was dedicated in 1996. His murals are used by communities to save old downtown areas. A mural in St. Martinville, Louisiana depicts Acadian refugees who arrived in Louisiana from 1764-1799 and settled in various parts of the state. The twin mural is in Nantes, France and depicts the departure of Louisiana-bound Acadians from Nantes in1785. Dafford often collaborates with his brother who handles the engineering aspects of the installation.
–Lorre Lei Jackson
PS: He may have been the one to have painted the KY Floodwall murals, recently posted.