Albert Ernest "A. E." Backus (January 3, 1906 – June 6, 1990) Taught and influenced many artists.
In addition to his influence on the Florida Highwaymen painters (Alfred Hair being the only Highwaymen artist that took lessons with Backus), there is an unknown number of Backus students.
These artists are referred to as the "Indian River School" of painters.
Some of these artists include:

Don "D.D." Brown,
Mary Coulter
Jacqueline "Jackie" Schindehette
Therese Knowles (1918-2008)
Jackie Brice (b.1936)
James "Jim" Hutchinson (b.1932)
Richard Kelly
Nora Summerlin
Kevin Hutchinson
Sam Vinikoff (1919-2010)
Kasper Zimmermann (1927-2002)
Margaret Zierer Smith (1913-2004)

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