Terrie Shaw 


Folk Art has been around for centuries, it is colourful, quaint and it tells an interesting story. Folk Art Painting can be done on canvas, wood, ceramic, glass or pretty much any surface with the correct paint.  

Famous Folk Art Artists
Edward Hick's era was 1780. His inspiration came from the Bible, and the stories he told were about a 'Peaceable Kingdom. Grandma Moses was born in 1860. Her folk art painting depicted nostalgic glimpses of daily life in rural New York and Virginia.  

Maude Lewis was born in 1903. She loved to  paint everything, even  the inside of her home was painted with flowers, animals and designs.  Her paintings on canvas told stories about everyday life in her little community in Nova Scotia. Her unique home was restored by the Nova Scotia Art Gallery and is on permanent display in the Gallery in Halifax.

So far I have painted stories on trays, old stools, a giraffe, chairs, walls and boxes. My folk art tells stories about family and history. Being surrounded by colourful folk art with special messages of young and old brings me daily joy!


This handsome giraffe tells a story about a big heart, people all around the world, and two messages written on the legs. One is a message that my Grandmother, Josephine Love, wrote on our wedding card; "If you live for each other and not just yourself, you will have a wonderful happy life."

The other message is a quote from Rumi; "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what your really love. It will not lead you astray."