Howard Finster (1916-2001)
Self-taught Georgis Outsider Artist Howard Finster , in the mid-1970s had a vision. While using his finger to dab paint on a bicycle, he saw a human face in the fingertip. Howard interpreted this as a sign from God that he should create works of art in order to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From then until his death, Howard Finster painted almost non-stop. He slept very little and painted detailed accounts of his visions and dreams. His paintings, especially the early works, were like small, visual sermons which often included angels fighting off evil. Howard scrawled messages on the works warning people about the end of time. Howard claimed to have regular visions of God and Elvis. He told the crowd at Ol' Miss that "I turned around and looked up and saw his face. I said to him the only thing I could think of to say,'Elvis, can you stay a while with me?' and he said,'Howard, I'm on a tight schedule.' Howard Finster passed away on October 22nd, 2001.