Inspirational People: Maud Lewis

Photo: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Folk artists from the past and the present have become my teachers. I’m eternally grateful to them for reminding me that you don’t need to have gone to an art college or have fancy pants tools and materials to create. I forgot this for a while and my life was so much poorer because of it. Maud Lewis from Canada is one of my heroes and mentors.

This lady, who was born at the beginning of the 20th century, lived a very simple existence in the teeniest tiniest of homes in Nova Scotia. Her husband Everett sold fish from door to door. Despite lifelong disability caused by rheumatoid arthritis she painted. She initially sold Christmas card but moved onto producing bigger pictures when demand grew. And she decorated her little home in the most fantastic way. Even the stove got a makeover! Maud Lewis’ house was an artwork in itself and is now exhibited in a museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Now what better excuse to put that city as a place to visit on my wish list.

In case I’ve piqued your interest here’s a little video about Maud and Everett. Please enjoy!

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