William Liao

March 4, 2022

Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson Moses — better known as Grandma Moses — lived quite an eclectic and illustrious life. 

By the age of 12, she went to work for a nearby farm. 

At 27, she relocated with her newly wedded husband, Thomas, to start a farm and raise children. 

Over the years, Moses dabbled in painting, producing her first work on a piece of fireboard at 58. She would continue to paint occasionally but wasn’t entirely devoted to the craft. 

By her 70s, Moses started to spend most of her time painting. 

At 77, Moses received her first big break when an art collector named Louis Caldor decided to purchase all of her paintings. It would only be another year before one of her paintings was featured in New York City’s Museum of Modern art. 

At 88, Moses received the prestigious Women’s National Press Club Award for her artistic achievements — going all the way to D.C. to be personally presented the award by President Truman.

Two takeaways: 

Grandma Moses is a badass.

And, if you want to try something, try it! It’s never too late to start.