John Robert Mason (1900-1997) was born in North Carolina. He lived and worked in Suffolk, Virginia and worked as a railwayman until his retirement. Than he worked as an artist in Hardee's local restaurant, which served as a studio for him. It gained fame and became such a tourist attraction that he got free breakfast for lifetime from the restaurant. He draw stylized birds, moons, suns and trees and characteristic labels with colored pencils and felt-tip markers on paper and cardboard. His work is in permanent collections of the Kentucky Folk Art Center and St. James Place Folk Art Museum.
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