Ten Things About Outside Artists
1. Aw Boon Haw -- the Tiger Balm gardens inspired the dragon wall in my third JH novel.
2. Ferdinand Cheval -- a must-see if you're in this part of France.
3. S.P. Dinsmoor -- he liked his creation so much he had himself entombed in it.
4. Ed Leedskalnin -- I lived about thirty minutes from this most of my life, and yet never visited it until 1996. It reminded me of the moai on Easter Island -- mysterious, inexplicable, wonderfully creepy.
5. Simon Rodia -- a little more info about the Watts Towers can be found here.
6. Ed Root -- some of his work was saved, but the rest is at the bottom of Lake Wilson.
7. Herman Rusch -- efforts are being made to save this outsider artist's sculpture garden.
8. Clarence Schmidt -- I first saw the House of Mirrors in a 1968 issue of Art in America, which I picked up at the library book sale. I was reminded of it again when I read Douglas Clegg's Harrow novels. Schmidt was supposedly harmless, but I got a very nasty vibe simply from seeing photos of this place.
9. James Tellen -- buried some of his early work in his yard.
10. Father Mathias Wernerus -- inspiration for a character in an upcoming Darkyn novel.