September 14, 1923
Folk artist Myrtice West was born in Cherokee County. With little formal education and no arts training, West used religious painting as comfort through a series of tragedies, including the murder of her only daughter. West is best known for her Revelation Series, a set of 14 oil paintings depicting the Bible’s Book of Revelation on a variety of mediums. Her first showing was at the Alabama State Council on the Arts‘ 1991 exhibition “Outsider Artists of Alabama,” and her paintings are housed in numerous museums and private collections. See her paintings in the book “Wonders to Behold: The Visionary Art of Myrtice West.”
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