Lemuel Newton: 1950 -
Lemuel Newton is the youngest of the three Newton brothers who became known as Highwaymen. He is also the least visible of the three. He was raised in Tiffon, a small town in south Georgia. Nicknamed “Lem,” he began painting as a teenager in the late 1960s after moving to Fort Pierce where his bother Harold was making a good living as a landscape painter. He and Willie Daniels began by working with Alfred Hair, preparing Upson boards. The lure of making money as an artist was strong so Lem began painting.
His main influence was clearly Harold. He greatly admired his older brother, once commenting to Highwaymen biographer Gary Monroe, “Sam and I wouldn’t know nothing about painting if it weren’t for Harold. All the painters wouldn’t know nothing about painting if it weren’t for Harold, including Alfred Hair.” While the statement about Alfred isn’t exactly correct, it demonstrates the importance of Harold in Lemuel Newton’s life.
Like his bothers, Lemuel Newton cares about the quality of his paintings. His colors can be bold and striking. Confident with a brush and a palette knife, his work looks impressionistic, as if he were capturing a vibrant moment in time.
Lemuel Newton Biography information: obtained from website thehighwaymentrail.com. This website is a fantastic reference to learn about the 26 Florida Highwaymen artists and their importance to Florida's history.