Traditionally, "Folk Art" is seen as a diverse range of craft traditions belonging to a particular social group. Usually those who create Folk Art are untrained and have no wish to create "fine art" with established methods or styles.
Folk Art includes painting, sculpting, ceramics, and even tool making and metal works. Painters of the Folk Art style are not usually known to work in any formal method or manner, for example they are not known to make sketches and plans for a painting or drawing, but rather render the image from their own memory or personal vision. The ultimate success or failure of a Folk Art work relies equally on the intention of the artist and the skills they have acquired on their own.
While much of the Folk Art of the world will be forever anonymous, there have been many notable Folk artists who have created well known paintings and they include Grandma Moses, Edward Hicks and Rufus Porter among many others.