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Filmmaker Aisling Walsh is not a native Canadian — she’s a Dubliner who has pursued most of her career in England. But Walsh fell in love with Nova Scotia after learning about Maud Lewis (1903-70), the beloved folk artist who spent her life in and around the province’s southern town of Digby.

“The landscape was breathtaking, but very rugged and forbidding,” Walsh says. “To think that Maud lived and worked here, in these surroundings, was incredibly moving. She had such a hard life, full of pain from arthritis that she contracted as a child. And then there was her house, which is so very tiny — nothing more than a shed, really. It struck me as the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.”

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