Blackwater Folk Art was started by Pam Mitchell, a Florida native. The early days of the business concentrated on making birdhouses and birdfeeders out of cypress lumber. When a series of hurricanes struck her hometown, those storms produced an abundance of raw material that absolutely cried out to be turned into something fun and functional, thus the beginning of Blackwater Folk Art. Everything they do is painted by hand, not by machines. Most of their painters and crafters are self taught artists with a love of color and creativity. Pam Mitchell is an avid creator and artisan, who learned how to create from a very young age.