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date: 01 March 2021

Finster, Howardlocked

(02 December 1916–22 October 2001)
  • Heidi A. Strobel


Finster, Howard (02 December 1916–22 October 2001), preacher and folk artist, was one of thirteen children born in Valley Head, Alabama, to Samuel William Finster and Lula Henegar Finster, farmers. From the age of five he worked on the forty‐acre family farm. Though he described himself as a self‐taught artist and preacher, he was inspired by watching his mother paint, quilt, and make dioramas, which later influenced his own mixed‐media boxes and dioramas....

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