Pymatuning Lake Boat Landing

Pymatuning Lake Boat Landing
Martha L. Burlingham
1889-1981
Acquisition Number: 2010.21
Medium: Illustration board
Size: 16 1/2" x 22 3/4"
Date: n.d.

Born September 11, 1889 in Ashtabula County, Ohio, Martha Burlingham is referred to as a painter of folklore. She painted her first work in 1951 at the age of 62 when her doctor informed her of a heart problem and that she shouldn’t strain herself. Her painting started when her daughter brought her some figurines to paint in watercolor. People liked them so much that Burlingham ceased all strenuous activity, took up painting and according to Burlingham “hasn’t seemed to have any heart related trouble since." Martha Burlingham was known as Youngstown’s “Grandma Moses”. She worked from a photographic memory pulling scenes from her childhood and places that she had traveled. Burlingham was still painting in the final years of her life – she passed away at the age of 92 from cancer.