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By Gabrielle.

Do you enjoy Americana art? I think my favorite pieces are by Norman Rockwell. But a close second are illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith. Do you know her work? Her drawings of children are so sweet they will melt you.

My mother displayed Books In Winter in our house growing up and she feels it influenced my sisters and I to become avid readers — more avid than my brothers. So when she put together a playroom for her grandchildren, she made sure to include another Jessie Willcox Smith print, but she purposefully picked one featuring both a boy and a girl. : )

Have you ever felt a piece of art had direct impact on your actions?

P.S. — Speaking of Americana, just launched a whole section dedicated to American Art by region. Also, here’s a gorgeous video about American craftsmanship.