Frank Calloway began drawing as a young child, between working on farms, lumber mills, and road construction. Calloway was admitted into an institution for schizophrenia in 1952, where he first experienced uninterrupted time for creating art. It was only around his 80s or 90s that Calloway began seriously to produce artwork. His drawings, for which he is best known, feature images of agrarian life and the American South as he experienced and remembers it. These are executed on continuous rolls of butcher paper—sometimes totaling up to 60 feet in length—using pen, crayon, and marker.