My name is Suzanne Carroll Korn. I am an early American painter, folk artist, and owner of Grace for Daisy Folkart! I'm so happy you found my website. My inspiration leaps from the folk art landscapes, designs, and motifs found on New England’s 19th century historic paint-decorated walls. Over 20 years ago, I began researching, studying, and writing about these large and amazing remnants of American folk art that were painted between the years 1800 – 1860. This research allowed me to view and document both landscape muraled and stenciled walls, many of which were the original works of itinerant folk artists like Rufus Porter, Jonathan D. Poor, and Moses Eaton. Through this research, I became a “student” of these iconic American folk artists, and began to paint in their tradition.
Creating scenic and colorful folk art landscapes has given me great joy over the years. I like to think that each painting pays a small tribute to life in the colonial villages and coastal towns of 19th century New England!
The history of decorative arts in America includes a colorful chapter when itinerant muralists roamed the back roads of New England, painting their colorful folk art on the walls in homes, inns, and taverns along the way.
American folk artist, Rufus Porter, was one of these muralists. Porter painted scenic landscape murals in Massachusetts between the years 1822 and 1845.
With his art, Porter touched the lives of rural New Englanders in a truly special way! He covered their walls with peaceful and serene folk art landscapes and colorful vistas of rural life that spoke to patriotism, pride in America, and the bounty of this young and plentiful country. The lives of rural New Englanders were forever enhanced by Porter’s scenic landscape murals. Dark interiors and plain plastered walls of their homes were made bright with the hope and promise of spring.
I love to paint early American landscapes that evoke the spirit of American tradition. Paintings that are reminiscent of a bygone era in New England. Paintings where I borrow and blend the early American designs and motifs found on the walls I studied. That style is where it all started for me...my roots! However, over the years, I have ventured beyond historical landscapes. It has been so much fun experimenting with different styles of folk art! I like to say my paintings have "evolved" over time, and I look forward to more fresh ideas and applications in the future!