Nancy Woodrow has been creating these naïve, primitive oil paintings for over two decades. Early on, she was inspired by the folky style of the "Grandma Moses," the professional name of Anna Mary Robertson (1860-1961), a New England farmwife who started painting in her eighties, and who became an American icon.
Woodrow likes to tell a story of country life in her art, a life she sometimes wishes she had grown up in. It’s easy for her to get caught up in a painting and imagine herself living there. Old farmhouses, barns, ponds, cows, cats, sheep, gardens, quilts, actually anything to do with country life, arranged in varying and sundry order, are the essence of woodrow’s paintings.
"Any house or barn that starts out crooked in the painting, stays that way," she noted. "That’s the beauty of primitive art. It doesn’t need to be perfect to be wonderful."
Woodrow likes to paint on either masonite or sanded board because she can achieve finer details on its smooth surface. Her finishing touch is a three step antiquing and age-cracking process. In addition, Woodrow prefers to use antique frames carefully selected to compliment the colors in the painting. She paints each work individually, one-at-a-time, so every work she sells is an original (not a printed reproduction).
Woodrow lives in York County in southeastern Pennsylvania. She finds that her part of the country is rich with history because of the many 18th and 19th century houses that dot the wooded hillsides and valleys. "It’s a beautiful part of America, and it influences my art every day," she said. Her studio is open by appointment.