10/20/17 Clementine Hunter is noted to be one of the most important folk artists of all time and was a self-taught artist. Having grown up on a plantation in the late 1800s her father was a sharecropper and tenant farmer. Life was hard and Ms. Hunter grew up illiterate working the fields. Ms. Hunters creative talents became apparent as an adult while working in the house at the Melrose Plantation where she looked after the gardens, cooked and made clothes for the families children. Painting began for her in her 50's at which time she met a New Orleans artist Alberta Kinsley at The Melrose Plantation which became an artists retreat founded by the plantation owners wife Carmelita Garret Henry. She painted at night using left over art supplies and painted on whatever she could find. The paintings told stories of plantation life as she knew it. Ms. Hunters body of work consists of over 4000 paintings. Her work can be seen in the Smithsonian, The Museum of American Folk Art in New York City,the New Orleans Museum of Art and other museums across the country. To learn more click HERE.