When I was in Sparta to photograph the rededication of the Hancock County Courthouse, I met this gentleman. John “Johnny” Culver is a visionary artist who came back to his hometown of Sparta in 2000 after living in the Atlanta for a time. While there, he suffered a nervous breakdown at the age of 20, after a failed relationship. He told me that creating the art gave him the ability to come back from that and he was very clear that he was a believer and said “God gets all the credit”.
He works in paint and ink and on every imaginable surface. I also feel lucky, since he told me he does not usually allow photographs. I’m so glad we made a connection and that he placed the trust in me to share.
All Art Objects Pictured are © John Culver, Sparta, Georgia