Some of the first folk artists in America were painters.
Some painters made a living by traveling from town to town, offering to paint families, homes, pets, and daily life. Folk Artists were largely self-taught and used whatever materials they had handy. This gave their work a richness and authenticity. It also allowed for freedom when it came to things like perspective and proportion.
Throughout history, people made objects by hand, teaching themselves how to do something or learning by watching those around them. Skills like these were passed from generation to generation. Their creativity is an important part of the history of art!