"Faith is like the last knot on the end of the rope.
Don't turn loose until your feet is on the rock.
Number 3000 and 946 Works of Art
The Mystery Art of Our Time
By Howard Finster. Nov-17-1984.
Words like epiphany, thunder struck, paralyzed and bowled over characterize the impact of my first visit to Howard Finster's Paradise Garden Sunday 24 August 1986. Return address: Pennville Georgia, Chattooga County, a few steps east of downtown Summerville. That day, the Good Reverend validated my personal aesthetic, my view of beauty and charm, and completely liberated my eye and camera lens. The recollection still gives me chilly goose bumps.
Without any formal training this 'Stranger from Another World' spontaneously created genuine 20th Century works of modern art from instinct and imagination alone. Flat picture spaces, simplified forms, DaDa constructions, found objects, guardian angels and busts of Elvis dissolving in surreal spaces, Pop Art coke bottles, and scumbled abstract expressionist works. Thank you Sir; and, may God continue to bless the Man of Visions.
© r0169-24 Scumbled Apparitions
Saturday 9 May 1987