Amid the sparkle and merriment of the season, it is the simple joys that seem the best: the warm embrace of family and friends, blessings of health, and beaming faces of children. Canadian painter Maud Lewis (1903-1970) was able to achieve a joyful life in spite of adversity and owning little of material value. By delighting others with her happy nostalgic landscapes and personality-plus animals, her life became enriched. In following her heart in painting that which pleased her, the modest Maud Lewis became a folk art celeb.
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