Rev. Howard Finster (1916-2001), perhaps the most widely known of all Southern folk artists, was a Baptist minister who used his visionary art as his ministry. Howard is known for his Paradise Gardens, a multi-acre park full of his paintings and sculpture; album covers for Talking Heads and REM; even an appearance on The Tonight Show. For almost thirty years, he numbered each work of art and was, at the time of his death, approaching 50,000 pieces. Because he thought of his art as his ministry, he believed that the more pieces that he created, the more people would be reached by his message. Some of the best of the pieces from his environment are on permanent display at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.