Robertson Part 9 Restoration

The Kohler Foundation funded the restoration of Prophet Isaiah Robertson’s distressed site.  B. R. Howard Conservation removed all the rocks, stones and wood structures from the site. In the spring through early fall ’23, they re-installed PVC replicas of all the wood structures. All the original stones were re-painted and returned to their original locations. […]


One of the most famous American self-taught artists and art environments, Leonard Knight and Salvation Mountain appeared in documentaries and commercial movies such as Into the Wild (2007) and Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004).


Isaiah Zagar earned an art degree from Pratt Institute in the early 1960’s, but the primary – and life-long – inspiration from his student days came from his visit to Clarence Schmidt’s House of Mirrors, a sprawling architectural assemblage in Woodstock, NY.  Zagar, a ‘trained’ artist, has been unusually strongly influenced by the work of […]

Beoddy Works on Paper

Drawings and underground comics by James Beoddy dating from approximately the early 1970’s to 2015.  All artworks ©James Beoddy estate.

James Beoddy Paintings

Paintings by James Beoddy dating from approximately the early 1970’s to the early 2000’s.  All paintings ©James Beoddy estate.

Brenda Davis

Inspired by visions that “God sends to me,” Brenda Davis filled the walls and ceilings of her double-wide mobile home in rural Alabama with painted depictions of boldly abstracted flowers and birds, multi-colored fronds, primeval jungle royalty, calligraphic-like seals, insects, and painterly swirls. Purchased in 2008, it became Brenda’s fantastical refuge from a troubled life […]


In recent decades, indoor “installation art” has become quite prevalent in the contemporary art mainstream.  Generally, for a variety of reasons – often including commodity issues – outdoor installations (or “art environments”) have remained in the domain of ‘outsider’ or self-taught artists.  Clark Ashton’s Druid Hill is something of a hybrid exception.  Although he had […]

Morrow part 1

Jimmy Morrow’s folk art paintings in his Edwina Church of God in Jesus Christ’s Name reinforce the messages in his charismatic sermons, during which he sometime handles snakes.  Jimmy has written a book on the history of serpent handling (see link below).  His further interests in history include especially the Civil War, and his Great, […]

Robertson part 8 Funeral

At Isaiah Robertson’s funeral, Minister Marsha McWilson’s poignant rendition of “May the Work I’ve Done, Speak for Me.” filled the Mt. Erie Baptist church, her voice reverberating off the golden walls he has left behind. ‘When I’m resting in my grave, there’s nothing more to be said; may the works I’ve done, let it speak […]

Frank Bruno

Would you like to see into the future? “I just want to get [God’s] message out,” Frank Bruno explained when we first met, “I don’t give a #$%@ about anything else.”  A WWII veteran born in 1925, his website gives detailed explanations of his work “I’m just a brush . . .  God sends […]