Bill Traylor (April 1, 1854 – October 23, 1949) began making art at the age of 85. I’d say the areas he doesn’t touch are as important, if not more important, than the areas he does touch which may or may not have something to do with the fact that he didn’t start making art until he was 85 or that he began life as a slave. I really don’t know, who would? Its as if the entire surfaces of his found surfaces, the story goes Bill refused to use the drawing paper he was offered, are lit up with a lightning bolt of life’s energy. Lovely.
Of the hundreds of drawings and paintings Bill Traylor made in the last 10 years of his life, they all share this same intensity and I wish I could reproduce them all right here.
But they wouldn’t fit.
A Google image search is a good place to start as is the American Folk Art Museum.