Throughout her long career Blanche Lazzell remained open to new experiences and ideas. Her early work in Paris between 1912 and 1914 had introduced her to the more radical European movements.
As a boy, Shields Landon “S. L.” Jones carved animals and figures from tree branches while out hunting in the woods of West Virginia. He worked for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad for more than forty years and after retiring devoted all of his time to carving.
Norm Sartorius left his job as a social worker in Baltimore in the 1970s to live in rural West Virginia. He apprenticed to a woodworker for six months and learned to carve letter openers, shoehorns, canes, and spoons.
- Josephine Joy was born Sally Hiett, but changed her name when she was sixteen years old. As a young woman, she lived in Chicago and Denver before settling in San Diego, California, with her husband.
Julie Anne Mihalisin first began working with glass and precious metal as a graduate student at London's Royal College of Art, at the suggestion of British jeweler Jacqueline Mina. Mihalisin quickly developed a fascination with the contrasting properties of glass and metal.
Painter of the American West, writer. Leigh's love of nature was kindled during his youth in W. Va. Reputedly, he was a direct descendant of Pocahontas, and his interest in Native American life was sparked by his legacy.