Â This grandma loved embroidery, farming, cooking and spending time with her husband and children. Friends and relatives enjoyedÂ grandma’s embroidered pictures, but at age 79 her arthritis made it too painful to use the needle.
She could have simplyÂ given up, sat around watching children play and listened to radio shows. But this was no ordinary grandma! At her sister’s suggestion, she took up a different creative outlet: painting. The hand movements needed toÂ paintÂ were easier on her arthritic hands.
This farm girl’sÂ artwork soon became iconicÂ for wholesome American life as well asÂ productivity during the golden years. Her artworks were reproduced on Christmas cards and fabrics the world over.
Grandma Moses’Â last finishedÂ work — Rainbow — was painted at age 100, in theÂ final year of her life (see image above). It surelyÂ oozes symbolism.