Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961) started painting when she was 76 because arthritis compleled her to stop her broidery. She became an acclaimed artist within a fee years.
Grandma Moses paintings are vivid memories of her past. Her primitive, naive, style have had her linked to Henry Rousseau, whom she din't know who he was.
She painted from the top down: "First the sky, then the mountains, then the hills, then the trees, then the houses, then the cattle and then the people." Her tiny figures, disproportionately small, cast no shadows. They seem sharply arrested in action.
She had been embroidering in wool pictures that were reminiscent of Currier and Ives prints of country scenes. Grandma Moses' first paintings were copies from the prints and post cards. Gradually, however, she began to compose original scenes, drawn from her memories of farm life in past generations.
(from the New York Times obituary of 14 dec. 1961)