The artists of Charleston and the Carolina Low Country are not usually formally trained. Rather, their diverse backgrounds suggest the overriding importance of their communities. The majority of these artists practice their art as a way of life, earning a living through traditional craftsmanship. Each of the three artists below reflects his or her own segment of the Carolina artisan population. Although the majority of these artists do not make a living selling their works to their own communities, each of their works speaks to the established aesthetic of the African American low country community.