Reverend Howard Finster preached his first sermon when he was just sixteen years old. He traveled around conducting baptisms, weddings, and funerals, and published some of his sermons in local papers in an attempt to reach more people (The New York Times, "Howard Finster," 2001).
Hale Woodruff was inspired by the work of the African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, and vowed that he would visit the artist in Europe. In 1919 he moved from Nashville, Tennessee, to Indianapolis and enrolled in the Herron Art School.
Lorenzo Scott spends a great deal of his time studying old-master paintings in the museums of New York and Atlanta. He taught himself to replicate their painting techniques and often sculpts and paints his frames to look like old baroque works.
Philip Moulthrop learned to turn wood from his father, Edward. Together they have developed innovative tools and methods for turning large pieces of green wood. Philip worked as a biologist, chemist, and lawyer before eventually deciding to devote himself to woodturning.