Maud Lewis was a Canadian painter, who painted Birds and Trees and all that she saw in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was born with defects and suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis, which made her working difficult. Her paintings sold initially for pittance but later got her some more. She was famous enough to have her paintings asked for by U.S. President Richard Nixon. But most of her successes are posthumous.
Sally Hawkins plays the character of Maud in the movie Maudie. Her portrayal of the character, the physical and the mental, is touching. The story brings out Maud’s innate desire to be independent, to paint, despite her afflictions and abuses. Sally Hawkins has moulded into the character, a life of an Arthritic struggling with life and to paint.
Some anonymous lives become significant when they are portrayed by great actors. And on this Maud Lewis is lucky. Maud may have lived and painted in relative obscurity but after Sally Hawkins played her in the movie, Maud is now a well known figure. Her little house where she lived and painted is now pilgrimage. But one pilgrimage one can readily afford is to watch this heartwarming movie.