Henry Speller. Woman With Dog. Slotin Folk Art Auction April 21, 2013 : Lot 955 Henry Speller (1900-1996) was a black folk artist whose inventive, colorful renderings of figures that he identifies as “characters from’ Dallas’” have brought him recognition. Born to a family of Mississippi sharecroppers, Speller spent much of his early life working in the cotton fields. Henry Speller started drawing when he moved to Memphis in 1941. After he retired, he devoted much more time to his art.