Xtraordinary Grandma

grandma moses

Xtraordinary Grandma

At age 76, many people are starting to slow down and start relaxing in the later, older years of life. This grandma started something new, something that would bring her national acclaim and a lasting legacy. Her new pastime would lead to her being featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1953, and Life magazine on September 19, 1960 honoring her 100th birthday. A US postage stamp was created in her honor in 1969.

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, born September 7, 1860 is more commonly known as her painter name, Grandma Moses. Known for her American folk art style, her work has been featured on greeting cards and other merchandise, in addition to the actual paintings.

Grandma Moses began painting late in life, at the age of 76 when her arthritis made her give up her current creative outlet, embroidery. She was a successful painter for more than 25 years and produced over 1,500 works. Initially she charged $3 to $5 per painting. As her popularity increased, her pieces sold for $8,000 to $10,000. In 2006, over forty years after her death, one painting, The Sugaring Off, sold for $1.2 million.

I doubt during her lifetime she could even imagine how popular her works would become or the staggering amounts of money some would sell for so many years after her death. She was simply a woman who loved life and lived it to her fullest, even if it meant taking up a new pastime in her 70โ€™s.



30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sizzlesue15
    Apr 30, 2018 @ 03:04:26

    Isn’t she gorgeous! My Mother-in-law has just taken up art classes at her aged care home at the good old age of almost 92 (in June). We are never too old! Thanks Trisha Faye.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond


  2. Deb
    May 02, 2018 @ 21:27:05

    ๐Ÿ˜Š she has such a sweet face!


  3. sizzlesue15
    Jun 13, 2018 @ 03:46:47

    I love the photo of Grandma Moses on Life Magazine, Trisha Faye she certainly still had a sparkle in her eye. Thanks so much for sharing her inspirational story with us at Midlife Share the Love Party and have a great week! #MLSTL


  4. Retirement Reflections
    Jun 13, 2018 @ 05:57:01

    Hi, Trisha Faye – This post is an awesome choice to share at MLSTL party. What an inspiration Grandma Moses was (and is). She is an wonderful example that it is NEVER too late to begin!


  5. B Pradeep Nair
    Jun 13, 2018 @ 07:14:49

    Hi Trisha,
    Indeed, it’s never too late to start anything. This is a really inspiring post.
    Came to your post via #MLSTL. Sharing this on my social media.
    — Pradeep | bpradeepnair.blogspot.com


  6. leannelc
    Jun 13, 2018 @ 07:32:19

    Well now I feel inspired – my post yesterday was on being courageous and it never being too late to step out and try new things. Grandma Moses is the perfect example of this. I wonder if our blog posts will be bought after we die Trisha – our children could become millionaires!

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au


  7. Michele Morin
    Jun 13, 2018 @ 11:36:31

    I remember learning about Grandma Moses in the fourth grade, and I still love her work. We have a print of one of her winter scenes that I really love in our living room!


  8. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany
    Jun 13, 2018 @ 14:12:22

    She is an inspiring woman that reminds me that I can begin anything new at anytime in my life.


  9. Molly
    Jun 13, 2018 @ 15:37:17

    Such an inspiring post! I hope I am brave enough to follow new interests at the age of 76 (instead of passively sitting by watching life go on around me).

    Pinning to my #MLSTL board to constantly remind me that we are never too old to start something new.


  10. Victoria
    Jun 13, 2018 @ 22:44:39

    How inspiring to start painting at 76. She must have had the talent all a long I would think.


  11. rudraprayaga
    Jun 14, 2018 @ 06:46:29

    The world recognizes some talents when they bid adieu to us. they may be following the dictum ‘ say good about the dead.’ nice.


    • trishafaye
      Jun 14, 2018 @ 11:23:37

      You may be right! Although I’m glad she did get some recognition while she was still alive. There’s many that aren’t appreciated until after they’re gone. Thanks for stopping by.


  12. BoomingOn
    Jun 15, 2018 @ 05:59:27

    How wonderful! I was thinking about trying to get my Mum starting some art – she’s 83. Just the inspo I need.


  13. Mary Lou
    Jun 15, 2018 @ 19:03:22

    Fantastic post! Through the years I’ve known about Grandma Moses. When I dabbled in painting someone would joke ‘Ah, you’ll be another Grandma Moses!’. I never knew a lot of what you included here. What an amazing inspiration and you can see the joy in her face. โค Sharing on Social Media for #MLSTL


  14. Karen Hume
    Jun 19, 2018 @ 22:41:56

    I’d heard of Grandma Moses, certainly, but knew absolutely nothing about her. Great, inspiring story Trisha Faye. Thank you. #MLSTL


  15. agshap
    Jun 29, 2018 @ 02:21:23

    Reblogged this on Beauty, Books & Breath and commented:
    You are NEVER too old….


  16. Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    Aug 07, 2018 @ 10:48:52

    Inspirational ๐Ÿ™‚ I plan to still have Rottweilers in my life well into my 100s ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ronel from Ronel the Mythmaker A-Z road-tripping with Everything Writerly: X is for X-factor


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