About the Book
Since she was a small child in rural Appalachia, Arlee Mains has had a desire to paint and create. Even through her primitive upbringing, she constantly found resources to fulfill her passion. Arlee made dolls from corn husks, drew in pencil on schoolbook pages, and illustrated figures in the dirt with whittled sticks. Now her artwork is extremely collectible and highly valued as an accurate representation of life in the Appalachian Mountains in the first half of the twentieth century. The work is touching to the viewer, creating a poignant dialogue between Arlee and her audience. Along with each painting Arlee prepares a handwritten story, her account and interpretation of the event.