f you were diagnosed with a debilitating illness today, how do you think you'd spend the rest of your life? It might be tempting to cast your hobbies aside and spend some time feeling a little sorry for yourself. But that's not what Maud Lewis did. She was a Canadian folk artist from Nova Scotia who loved to paint.
Even when she began experiencing immense pain due to an illness, Maud never gave up on her love of painting. Now, there's a new film coming out that tells the remarkable and heroic story of one of Canada's finest artists.
Maud Lewis may have spent the majority of her life in a tiny, one room house in Nova Scotia, but despite her small surroundings, her imagination was huge.
In a 1965 documentary about her life, Maud told the camera, “I paint all from memory, I don’t copy much.” And lucky for us, her memory was beautifully vibrant, filled with color, and eternally optimistic.
Maud is now known as one of Canada's foremost folk artists, and her legacy is widely celebrated.
Her paintings are known for their joyous, childlike quality. There are no ominous shadows or overly complicated scenes. Instead, they show a window into Maud’s resilient, sunny outlook on life.
She was born in 1903 in South Ohio, Nova Scotia with a debilitating illness.
When Maud was a child, her mother taught her how to paint with watercolors. She quickly realized that painting was her true passion.
Now, this heartwarming story of triumph over adversity is coming to the big screen.
Sally Hawkins portrays Maud in a new biopic from Sony Pictures. The project was in development for 13 years before finally getting made.
To prepare for her role in the film, Hawkins took up painting, sometimes spending up to four hours a day creating art.
The story of Maud Lewis is incredibly inspirational and reminds us all of the importance of staying true to your passions, even in the face of extreme difficulties.
Maud’s paintings are impressive on a surface level. It’s easy to appreciate her use of bright, joyful colors in creating the delightful scenes.
But Maud’s life was not as bright and joyful as her paintings may lead you to assume.