~Read some history on Horace Forster...His childhood yrs. were spent in Tifton,GA. w he attended Wilson Elem. School with his "childhood" friend Sam Newton. Sam is now a very famous Florida landscape artist who inspired Horace to start painting and Mentored him during their "early" yrs. Harold Newton (Sam's brother) also a listed artist from Tifton, GA. who moved to Fort Pierce, Fl. in the early 50's to paint landscapes. He was a very positive influence on both Sam and Horace, constantly encouraging them to "Perfect" their skills/styles. Horace and Sam both followed Harold to Fort Pierce for a few yrs. Lemuel Newton (Lem) another Newton brother, then decided to join Sam, Harold and Horace for the journey and spent time in the lovely Fort Pierce, Fl. Painting side by side. Horace back in the "early" days of the Highwaymen, started out as a helper making custom frames for the art work for the already "established" (if, properly put) Highwaymen. Eventually, Horace had such recognizable Talent, that it was noticed by other's! He began his hands-on with these "established" artist and began painting "Penciled in area's" on a piece of upson board..starting with clouds, and then moving on to other area's of the scene. the artist doing the particular scene would "finish out" the filled in area's , thus speeding up the process of painting. No this was not, what you would call an "assembly line painting" both more of a "communal painting bout" w all the artists/helpers involved would gather together, and paint their paintings. This is all explained in Gary Munroes book "The Highwaymen- Florida's African-American Landscape Painters. Unfortunately Horace felt the need to have a more steady source of income to support and care for his loved ones. So, he then left Sam/Harold Newtons "Scenic travel" and moved to Miami, Fl. to persue another career. Horace has now returned to his "First Love" full time since 2000 and has been traveling the byways to bring Florida's True Legendary authentic Beauty back to life. As Horace tells it.."A chance to encounter with Mary Ann Carroll (the only female Highwayman according to Gary Munroes book) and suggestion from her, that he start painting Led him back to his First love "Painting". Both Lemuel Newton and Horace Foster reside in Georgia, and Sam Newton lives in Cocoa, Fl. w he has an Art Gallery. Harold Newton has since passed away. All the Newton brothers.. (Sam, Harold, and Lemuel) have been Inducted into the ~FLORIDA ARTISTS HALL OF FAME~ along with 23 other "Highwaymen". Horace Foster has not been inducted into the Highwaymen Hall of Fame nor is he mentioned by name in Gary Munroes book " The Highwaymen". Horace was t at the beginning of the Highwaymen journey...He was one of the ones that, like Hezikiah Baker, left the "group" to pursue another career in order to facilitate on of the major necessities of life...eating! Hezikiah Baker has now retired from his "interim" profession and returned to painting as has Horace Foster. Horace Foster just didn't return to his roots in time to participate of benefit from the interviews being conducted by Mr. Munroe for his book. Horace has no recriminations though. He is still painting in the Highwaymen vernacular ,that he learned with the Newton brothers. His artistry speaks for itself. Horace Is Still Painting on Masonite Board and Fabricates all of his Own Frames! ~ Happy bidding on H. Foster 100% Original , Authentic Oil Painting! "NO RESERVE"
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