Oil and acrylic on canvas board, ca. 2006
H: 26 ½” W: 31 ½”
Acquired from the artist in 2010
Sylvester Wells is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. He began painting portraits in 1957. While living in Cocoa in 1965, he started painting in the Highwaymen style. He learned to paint landscapes by watching Harold and Sam Newton and then went home to paint alone, copying their general style. Wells painted a variety of scenes, but his most common were river scenes, particularly of the Indian River. A deeply religious person, Wells serves as a minister in rural Tennessee. Due to failing eyesight, Wells is not currently painting.