The world of Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis
Painter lived and worked in a modest, one-room home
Folk artist Maud Lewis was a self-taught painter who lived in a tiny, one-room house with her husband, Everett, just outside of Digby, N.S.
On Nov. 25, 1965, CBC's Telescope introduced viewers to the couple, who had then lived together, in that tiny house, for nearly 30 years.
Surrounded by walls covered in her characteristic flowers, birds and butterflies, Lewis, then in her 60s, is shown working on a painting which evokes the childhood she describes — one with horses, oxen, and buggy rides.
At the time of the interview, Lewis has been selling her small paintings to passing tourists for years. But her work is becoming known to a wider audience and she is now sought out for it.
"My price has gone up some," she tells Telescope, up by 50 cents to $5. Everett remarks that charging too much would be "a little too greedy."
Lewis died in 1970, just a few years after the Telescope episode aired.