Skip Lau

                      Grandma Moses                                                1860-1961

Grandma Moses lived in rural upstate New York and had 10 children. She began seriously painting in 1938 at 78 years old.

 Her paintings portrayed simple farm life activities and the rural area where she lived.

She became very well known nationwide through the burgeoning television industry and nationwide magazines such as “Look” and “Life”.

She successfully sold her work throughout the world and won many awards along the way.

She died at 101 years old in 1961.



       In May/June of 2021, I had a life threatening illness which my doctors, despite myriad tests, were unable to diagnose. All my body systems began to shut down and I began to quickly wither away. I had no appetite and difficulty in eating and in swallowing. Quite unexpectedly, I woke up one morning feeling hungry and I found myself able to eat and began to slowly recover.

      Now, 19 months later, I feel about as good as any 76 year old person has a right to feel. Life is good.

      Given the gift of continuing life and upon some inevitable reflection, I’ve decided that I want to spend the rest of my time avidly pursuing art and discovering who I am as an artist.  My goal is to keep growing and changing and to follow my creative urges.

      I’m trying to emulate Grandma Moses. She started seriously pursuing her art at 78 years old around 1933 and lived to be 101. She painted simple images of life in rural, upstate New York and became very successful.

      While, I am not comparing myself to her work, talents or career, I see her as a role model for our ability to recreate ourselves at any time during our lives and the capacity we have to tap into the creative forces that are propelling the universe.  As I recall from sing alongs while sitting around the campfire  in Boy Scouts during the 1950’s:


                                                                        “Up in the air Junior Birdmen                                                                                                                                                                                Up in the air upside down
                                                                          Up in the air Junior Birdmen                                                                                                                                                                                Keep your noses to the ground                                                                                                                                                                          Up in the air Junior Birdmen                                                                                                                                                                                Flying high into the Sky.” 



                             Skip Lau                                                                                                                                                                                                             February 2023