About the Artwork

A native of North Georgia, Mattie Lou O’Kelley began painting when she was forty-seven. Twenty years later, in 1975, her Spring Vegetable Scene became the first artwork by a living self-taught artist to enter the High’s collection. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Robert Bishop, later director of the Museum of American Folk Art, saw this unknown artist’s work in Atlanta and helped launch her career.

Featuring brilliant color and strong technical control, her works provide highly detailed, intricately designed depictions of her own experiences of a dying way of life. From the eye-bending checkered tablecloth to the ripened peas visible through their pods to the shadowy eyes of the potatoes, this work demonstrates O’Kelley’s talent for color and detail.

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About Our Products

High Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks from the High's collection. We create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Most of the art reproduced in the High Custom Prints program is a unique offer and not available anywhere else. In addition, new artwork is continually added to our program, so make sure to come back and see our new releases.

Member Discounts

Museum members will receive their member discount for all orders placed through our High Custom Prints store. Simply enter your member id during the checkout process. Once your membership has been validated your discount will be applied.