326 Henry Gould Rd, Perkinsville, Vt.
Lisa Curry Mair, artist and creator of Canvasworks Designs, brings the past into her artwork and then into your home.
Working from her 18th century Henry Gould Farm, which incorporates her gallery and studio in Perkinsville, Vt., Mair specializes in home decorative art, mainly floorcloths, murals, and large individual paintings. Her folk art style celebrates warm muted tones and captures bucolic country settings that bring back equestrian fox and hound hunts and the horse and buggy and era of the 1800s. Her canvases are typically huge, particularly with the floorclothes and murals – just one of the reasons she moved her business from Massachusetts after launching the business in 1993; she was desperate for more room.
Learning about her artwork involves a mini history lesson. According to her website, “Floorcloths, also known as ‘oylcloths,’ date back to 15th century France, where canvas tapestries were used to cover cold stone floors. The designs often mimicked tile and marble flooring.” Mair has remained true to that description, using historic patterns that mimic the look of traditional flooring whether marble or wood, or an oriental pattern but often incorporating her signature folk art flourishes as well, such as plants, vines, flowers, historic buildings, or animals. The finished result is stunning and a showpiece for any room.
Murals are commissioned specifically for a particular client and made with exact measurements for a particular room. Mair will then do her research and include accurate historical buildings or other landscape features that are intrinsic to that geographic location in her artwork. “I try to depict the place the mural is being hung,” she said. Again, the final result is stunning and a riveting feature of any room.
Despite having her work booked out through January of 2019, Mair has included a morning ritual, following her cup of coffee, of what she called her “Daily Doodles,” small little sketches or paintings that take only about 15 minutes to a half hour. “Just to get warmed up.” The rest of the day is spent working on a larger project.
To look at more samples of Lisa Curry Mair’s artwork, purchase artwork, commission a floorcloth or mural, or sign up for her newsletter, visit www.canvasworksdesigns.com.