Montgomery Alabama Folk Artist Annie Tolliver died March 13, 2018 after an extended illness.
Annie Tolliver, as a child, used to draw in the dirt yard of Stern Field Alley outside the home where she was born in Montgomery, Alabama. She said that her father, Mose Tolliver, was the first to influence her art. When the family gathered to share a meal they all watched Mose work. Annie started out wanting to paint like her daddy but she said that she later developed a style more her own. Her subjects are her own, with many more details such as tiny white teeth, delicate lace trim on the clothing, and pretty polished fingernails. She painted portraits of her father, her daughters with their bright pink hula hoops, her son gone fishing, or her nieces on a shopping spree. Her brightly colored portraits have a wonderful joy of life.
We have lost one Deep South's great self-taught artists and a good friend.
Annie, may you rest in peace, to the free skies glad and strong.