In honor of both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Presidential Inauguration, today’s blog post is an artist profile on someone who truly highlights the American spirit through her work. Folk artist Dianna Swartz has a handful of new framed prints for the winter season here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Offering a nod to colonial America, the art shown below presents a reminder of our nation’s founding.
Our Lady Liberty
Pictured here to the left is our new Colonial Lady Liberty Print. Sharing a beautiful color palette of a primitive red, navy, and cream tones, the print will bring American patriotism to your walls. Liberty is wrapped in the long American flag she holds, wearing a long navy dress with white stars. A “Miss America” sash is proudly worn across her chest, as she holds the one and only, national bird of the United States, the Bald Eagle. The landscape behind Liberty speaks to the time period as well; a hill covered countryside and a small body of water with sailing ships can be seen in the distance. Handcrafted and set in a black wood frame with rubbed edges for a weathered appeal, the print has a quality, smooth canvas finish.
Be sure to click on the actual product page of all the images here to get a better look at the amazing detail.
Shown here to the left is our George Washington Folk Art Print. The profile of George Washington is very different than that of presidents during the modern era, as noted by his late 18th century dress and long white hair. As Barack Obama begins his second term in the white house today, we look back to the many before him who have done the same. Interestingly, Washington was the only president to never actually live in the White House; though he did play a large role in its design which was completed after his death.
This distinctive framed portrait is of course also painted by Dianna Swartz, and pairs well with our complementing Martha Washington Folk Art Print, shown below. Both square pieces of wall decor are set in a black frame with brown trim detail. An inscription of their names and years of birth and death, are painted in cursive below their faces. All of the new artwork mentioned here today is made in the USA, and would lend well to Americana, primitive, or colonial home decorating themes.
About the Artist
A favored artist by many of our customers is surely, Dianna Swartz. Folk artist Dianna Swartz was born and raised near the hills of Southern Ohio. She was drawing and painting they say, before she could walk or talk. Today, Dianna lives a bit more north in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. For the most part, she is a self-taught artist, crediting her inspiration to God. Her artwork has been featured at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, and has also been transferred to many household decor items.