Note: One award was erroneously included in an earlier version of this story. 

From color to form, style and persona, Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson stands out among his peers. 

Anderson may have died in 1965, but his work continues to amaze, enthrall and engage viewers around the world.

It was the Ocean Springs artist’s colorful personality and prolific artwork that inspired Anthony Thaxton and Robert St. John to produce the documentary, “Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of The Islander,” which premiered in November 2021 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Seven months later, the documentary received two Emmy Awards out of four nominations.

”I went over there and figured we’d win two of the four, one for Best Direction and Best Original Music Score,” St. John said. “I never thought we’d win Best Documentary — I thought it’s nice to be nominated but with the competition we’ve got, there’s no way.”

Anthony Thaxton, left, and Robert St. John show off the best historical documentary Emmy Award they won for "Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of The Islander."

The 2022 Southeast Emmy Awards were presented June 18 in Atlanta.

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Thaxton and St. John received an Emmy for best historical documentary and Thaxton’s son, Bryant Thaxton, won an Emmy for best musical composition/ arrangement.

Bryant Thaxton, now 22, wrote and recorded the music when he was 19. Some of the musicians were teenagers when the documentary was produced.

”That was quite a Father’s Day treat,” Anthony Thaxton said.

Anthony Thaxton also was nominated in the best long-form director and editor categories.

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