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About the Artist

James “Buddy” Snipes

Folk artist Buddy Snipes, one of twelve children, was born in Macon County Alabama on October 30, 1943. Living a hardscrabble life as a sickly child, he began to make his own toys out of anything he could find. School lasted only 3 or 4 years and as he got older he worked at a number of odd jobs – logger, farmhand and dishwasher. He soon found that he was good at fixing broken furniture and sagging doors and making wheelbarrows out of old lumber. While fixing things for other people to make his living , he began to make things that he liked from limbs, signs, horseshoes, roots, discarded wire – anything he can find to spark his imagination. “I see something and it just comes to me…God put this in my head and I does it”.


Wiregrass Museum, Dothan, Alabama
“Celebrating The Vision: Self-Taught Artists of Alabama” 2000

Guest Artist Kentuck Folk Art Festival