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My personal definition of Folk Art is, well, we'd been working with Howard Finster and Myrtice West over the past few years. Howard said that being a Folk Artist is doing what you want to do. A short time after we [my wife and I] met Howard, we had personal tragedies in our lives. My brother David had died of a drug overdose and we went to go pray with Howard... He told us to put our feelings into our art, not to turn away from it. He wanted us to come to his art festival in Summerville, Georgia with our "messages". So we went home and started to work. At the festival we met many people who were drawn to our work, and that started it all off. At the show was a sweet little lady who reminded me of my grandmother. Turned out to be Alabama Visionary Artist, Myrtice West. She took to us and our art... In the many visits with her and Howard, we grew closer to the Lord and as we began to walk in faith, our art started going out all over the world. That night after our prayers with Howard, we were headed back to Kentucky. At sunset we experienced a vision of our own. The sky was completely filled with shapes of Howard's "trumpet angels". We knew he had put us on the right path.



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