Maud Lewis. "Christmas Sleigh Ride". c. 1964 oil on board, private collection.
Maud Kathleen Lewis, born March 7th 1901, was a Canadian folk artist from Nova Scotia. Living in poverty with her husband in a small house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, most of her life, she achieved national recognition in 1964 and 1965.
In 2017 Mongrel Media released her life story as a film called "Maudie" staring Academy Award nominees #SallyHawkins and @EthanHawke.
Maud Lewis overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.
The original tiny house that Lewis shared with her husband, Everett, has been restored and is housed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.
She died on July 30th 1970 in Digby Nova Scotia.