Ulon Fae Barnes born 1934 in Shiloh, south of Ozark, Arkansas has a family steeped in rich Arkansas history. He is the youngest of ten and a second generation descendant of freed slaves, Ira (I.D.) Carter and Mariah Bettis who became one of the area’s largest black landowners following the end of the Civil War. Fae’s formative years were also spent in Tyronza, Arkansas. He later attended vocational high school in Kansas City, Kansas and was a young sign painter before becoming interested in oil painting. Fae painted his first canvas in 1956 while stationed at the US Air Force base in Japan, which led to a span of paintings. A second Air Force stint landed Ulon Fae in Sacramento, California where he lived and continued to paint portraits of iconic cultural figures and landscapes for 33 years before retiring from Civil Service work in Oakland, California. After visiting several times, Ulon Fae, a native son, migrated back to Arkansas, moving to Fayetteville in 1989 to be closer to family. He continues to paint today.