Anselm Atkins was born in 1934. A well-known artist, author, and humanist, he spent most of his life in Georgia.
Atkins learned how to create stained glass art as a Trappist monk at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers; the monastery features some of his windows. Atkins later left the monastery and earned a doctorate in literature and theology from Emory University in Atlanta. A longtime member of the Atlanta Audubon Society, he wrote articles and created art for the society’s newsletter for sixteen years. Atkins died from liver cancer on September 10, 1999.