Born in 1886 on a plantation in Cloutierville, Louisiana, Clementine Hunter was a quilt maker, painter and seamstress. Although she was 54 when she began painting, Hunter created 4,000 paintings over 40 years using canvas, window shades, bottles, cardboard and brown paper bags to tell stories of life in the South.
Hunter is considered one of the most important self-taught American artists of the 20th century and was the first African-American to exhibit in the New Orleans Museum of Art. Her work can be seen in the Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of American Folk Art and countless other museums and private collections around the world. She died January 1, 1988 at the age of 101.