When Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, died in 1961 at 101 years of age, she was more than a “celebrity,” she was something of a legend. She was an artist who started to paint when she was 76 years old, after her hands became too crippled by arthritis to do her old favourite hobby, embroidery.
She was untrained as an artist, but decided to paint every day, persistently and with determination. She created more than one thousand paintings in 25 years. A collector bought them all and showed them at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. When Grandma Moses died, her paintings were on display in museums around the world. One of her works recently sold for 1.2 million dollars.
“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be”