The Highwaymen

  • This painting of royal poincianas is by A.E. Backus, an artistic influence upon several members of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This painting of Spanish moss-laced trees is by Alfred Hair, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This painting of a sailboat is by Alfred Hair, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. ALFRED HAIR

  • This painting of roses is by Alfred Hair, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. ALFRED HAIR

  • This painting of a royal poinciana in bloom is by Alfred Hair, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. ALFRED HAIR

  • This painting of members of the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida is by Harold Newton, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This painting of golden-hued trees is by Alfred Hair, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Painting by M. Thomas, who is possibly one of The Florida Highwaymen who sold their paintings from the trunks of their cars along the road from the 1950s through 1980s. Painting owned by Herald staff writer Fabiola Santiago. WALL00 HIGHWAYMEN SUN HO

  • This painting of wading birds near a curving palmis by Harold Newton, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. HAROLD NEWTON

  • This painting of a man near water's edge is by Harold Newton, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This painting of a boat is by Alfred Hair, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. ALFRED HAIR

  • This painting of a jetty is by Harold Newton, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. HAROLD NEWTON

  • This painting of a wading bird near a cluster of trees at center is by Harold Newton, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. HAROLD NEWTON

  • This painting depicting a storm is by Alfred Hair, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. It is part of the collection of art by "The Highwaymen" owned by Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Scott Schlesinger holds a painting by Alfred Hair, one of "The Highwaymen" -- a group of black folk artists so named for the distinctive paintings they created and sold along Florida roadsides from the 1950s to the 1980s. Shown Friday, May 1 outside his Fort Lauderdale office, Schlesinger owns a large collection of the paintings. "The Journey of the Highwaymen" by Catherine M. Enns, is a new book that explores the artists' works. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • James Gibson, 65, poses with the "Orange Avenue Extension," left, and "Tallahassee Swamp," right, at his home in Fort Pierce in 2003. Gibson, is one of 26 artists, called "Highwaymen" who painted Florida landscapes for spare change in the 1950's, traveling up and down Interstate 95 to sell their paintings because no gallery would give space to black artists. But in the last few years, their paintings have gained new respect and often receive several thousand dollars. LUIS M. ALVAREZ / AP

  • The Journey of the Highwaymen.