Gail Fraser and her artist-husband Art Poulin believe that they have found a way to maneuver around the potholes of life by living simply and purposefully. They have been fortunate to enjoy a life of elegant simplicity on their 40-acre gentleman’s farm and artist retreat in upstate New York where they can create their art. This book opens a window into their world of tranquility—a stark contrast to today’s times, a kind of visual chicken soup for the soul. Combining Art’s landscape paintings and Gail’s thoughtful words, Finding Happiness in Simplicity provides a charming but deeply compelling message that there are everyday joys to be realized and that these small things can bring us closer to a more fulfilling life. The recommended joys of simple living are grouped by season and include: Plant Seeds in the Earth, Know Where Your Home Is, Be Joyful with Animals, Honor Friends and Family, Lose Yourself in a Small Town, and more.
Gail Fraser was a senior executive with several Fortune 500 companies before deciding to leave the corporate track for a simpler life. She is the author of five books in the “Lumby” series (which has been described as “Mitford-esque”) with NAL, including The Lumby Lines and Stealing Lumby.
Art Poulin is considered one of America’s foremost folk artists whose paintings sell for thousands of dollars. His art has appeared on publications with the U.S. Army and Penguin Group publishing, on Fox’s House, and as gifts in celebrity “swag bags” at the 83rd Academy Awards. His landscapes blend his love for America’s simplicity with a deep appreciation and knowledge of twentieth-century architecture, offering a perspective and sophistication frequently lost in typical folk art.