Happy Birthday Maud Lewis.
Maud Lewis is one of my favorite Artists.
She was a Canadian Folk Artist born March 7th 1903 in Nova Scotia.
Her mother introduced her to watercolors when she was a little girl and encouraged her to paint regardless of the limited use of her hands and arms from the deformative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
In 1938 she married her husband ( Everett ). They moved into his tiny one bedroom house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia.
After they were married Maud started creating Christmas cards as she did when she was a child.
She would tag along with her husband who went door to door selling fish for a living while she offered her Christmas cards.
Turns out her cards were a big hit.
Her husband encouraged her to start painting by buying her her first set of oil paint.
She painted on everything from cookie sheets, breadboxes even the walls and doors in their tiny house.
Most of her paintings are of outdoor scenes inspired by her childhood memories also dogs, cats and other animals.
She never mixed her paint colors because of the restricted use of her arms so she used the colors of paint straight out of the tube and onto her canvas which was most of the time wallboard.
Between 1945 and 1950 people started stopping at her home as they were driving on the main road she lived on - she sold her paintings for $2.00 to $3.00. The last five years of her life she raised her prices from $7.00 to $10.00 even though she was encouraged to raise her prices she never did.
She passed away in July 1970 at a young age of 67.
To preserve her tiny home that was now a piece of artwork in and of it'self was moved to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
On an online auction last year ( 2017 ) one of her paintings that was appraised at $16,000 sold for $45,000.
Interested in learning more about Maud Lewis? You can check out the following sites...
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Mayberry Fine Art or
Artsy and NPR
I hope you enjoyed a few highlights of one of my favorite Artists, one of my goals is to explore the most northern states in the North East and Nova Scotia although is part of Canada it's easily accessible to get to from there.
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