Canada’s beloved folk artist Maud Lewis spent her life documenting the world she witnessed from her windows in her native Nova Scotia. Recalled in her characteristic brilliant colours—turquoise waters, bright green trees, oxen decorated with yellow harnesses, a red sleigh—this delightful work depicts a man hauling logs on an open sleigh drawn by oxen, the ocean waters of Sandy Cove in the background, gulls wheeling in the air, a red-roofed house, and boat moored at the dock. Despite the hardships of poverty and advancing arthritis, Maud was able to create a body of cheerful paintings that belied her situation – the fluffy white and black cats, the jaunty sleighs on wintery roads, the oxen festooned with bells and more. The self-taught artist painted on whatever surface was available including clam shells, dustpans, and the walls of her tiny home.
“As long as I’ve got a brush in front of me, I’m all right.” Maud Lewis
The house she shared with her husband was restored and is on permanent exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Her artwork is held there and in the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Maud Lewis is the subject of several biographies and two National Film Board of Canada documentaries. In 2017, a biopic of Maud's life titled "Maudie" was released starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.