New Folk Art from Artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen


Early American Portraiture

Pictured here to the left are our new Primitive Girl and Boy Portraits. Resembling typical portraiture from 17th and 18th century America, these reproduction paintings add colonial inspiration to your walls. The Primitive Boy stands with his canine friend in an open green field, that only seems possible when the land was less developed. Wearing traditional period clothing, the boy stares back at us with an omniscient gaze. Mirroring the young boy, the Primitive Girl spends her time with a cat instead. Holding a basket of flowers, she too shares an interesting facial expression.

With the appearance of an oil painting, the colors appear aged and weathered over time. A textured finish and crackling throughout the background further implies the likeness to a collector’s piece in a museum. Pairing the two framed prints together as shown, makes for a striking wall display. Both are set in a brown wood-look frame with a convenient wire hanger and are made here in the USA. Now during our Annual Spring Sale, customers can save $10 on each.

About the Artist: Diane Ulmer Pedersen

Artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen is not new to Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, however we have recently added more of her artwork for the spring season. Diane has actually been painting in her notable folk art style for over half her life. She received a B.F.A from Denison University, and currently resides in Massachusetts. Her current inspiration stems from an interest in cultural and artistic history, American traditions, and her faith. After working in an antique shop, she started to paint what are known as naive portraits of children. This style is characterized by the somewhat “awkward” positions or expressions of the subjects, in addition to a simplistic approach. Through exploration of this style, Diane discovered her passion for still lifes, landscapes, needlework and more of the 18th to 19th century time period in America.

Antique Artwork for Your Walls

The crackling in the background of the framed prints above, is a result of Diane’s understanding of different folk art styles, textures and aged finishes. The Child Portraits and the Folk Art Cat Print shown here to the left, were originally created on either gessoed (chalky like plaster technique often used as a base in painting) fiberboard, wood, canvas, paper, or a plastic laminate. Diane uses acrylics that offer the appeal of an oil painting, as described on these new pieces of wall decor. She applies a series of glazes over the art to achieve their distinctive look. This talented artist has participated in various art shows and festivals around the Northeast, and her paintings are often showcased in the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.


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