"Man's highest aspirations come from nature. A world without color would seem dead. Color is life. Light is the mother of color.
Edward Kemeys was the first American artist to devote his career to sculpting animals. He did not receive any formal art training and worked in the iron business until the beginning of the Civil War.
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).
"I feel great being an artist. I didn't even know that I would ever become one. It is just surprising to me."— Nellie Mae Rowe
Davis developed his wood-carving skills on his own over a period of more than fifty years, beginning during his childhood in Fitzgerald, Georgia.
Edward Greene Malbone was widely admired by both American and British artists. He traveled extensively, working alongside Washington Allston in Boston, and influencing the style of fellow miniaturist Charles Fraser in Charleston.