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Grandma Moses…You’re Never Too Old!

, cropped from photo of "Grandma Moses do...

Cropped from photo of "Grandma Moses donating her painting "Battle of Bennington" to Mrs. George Kuhner who accepts it for DAR." (Photo cropped because the painting itself is most likely still copyrighted.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”~Grandma Moses

I love Grandma Moses’ paintings. Those cute homey primitives are a delight to look at. One summer we stopped into the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont on the way to our vacation in New Hampshire. It has the greatest collection of her paintings on display. My husband bought me a book of some of her paintings. I still marvel at what she accomplished with what she started at an advanced age.

Grandma Moses began painting at 76 years old. A woman’s magazine named her “Young Woman of the Year,” when she was 88 years old. She also received an honorary doctorate degree from Philadelphis’s Moore College of Art. She lived to be 101 years old.

She had 10 children but only 5 survived childhood. She started painting when she developed arthritis and was having difficulty doing embroidery. Her sister suggested she try painting as it might be easier on her hands.

She sold her first paintings for 2 and 3 dollars.And now they are in museums all over the world. In 2006, one of her paintings sold for $1.2 million dollars. Another of her paintings hangs in the White House.

Gransma Moses also wrote an autobiography of her life called, “Grandma Moses: My Life’s History”. When I got home from my vacation that year, I immediately got the book out of the library and read it in one day. What a fascinating woman she was!

Enjoy some of her paintings here:

Spring Flower by Grandma Moses-1960

                                                                    Spring Flower- 1960 Grandma Moses

A Fine Gobbler by Grandma Moses-1948

A fine Gobbler-Grandma Moses 1948

July by Grandma Moses-1956

July by Grandma Moses-1956 (Photo credit: kamikazecactus)



  1. SR

    What a great and uplifting post. I loved it. I draw and want to learn to paint. Have tried it a few times, sigh…in the garbage can, but have not given up. Thanks for sharing this, I truly enjoyed. God Bless, SR

    • Hi SR I’m glad you liked the post. You should try painting! I do the illustrations in my books and have painted in the past. It’s not as hard as you think it is.

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