Documentary: Charles Wilder Oakes
Charles Wilder Oakes - a recovering alcoholic and the folk-artist hero of tiny Port Clyde, Maine - has painted and created fantastical art pieces his whole life. His paintings reflect the tiny coastal town where he was born and raised in a fish shack next to lobster crates, rocks, and pine trees. Four years ago, he gave up drinking when an angel appeared and tapped him on the forehead, directing him to stop.
He lives in Spruce Head, not far from where he grew up, and is currently painting his angel, who appeared to him once before when he was a child riding around on his tricycle.
To see more of Charlie's work, visit his website.
Photos courtesy of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Fall 2007.