American folk painter Edward Hicks is best known for his naïve depictions of farmlands and landscapes. His works transformed him into a Quaker icon. Hicks entrance to the artworld came late. He was a preacher for most of his life; the 3,000 mourners at his funeral grieved the loss of a favorite minister. Hicks initially feared that art opposed religion, but he would later testify that it could also bring meaning to life. His artworks were never made simply for pleasure or aesthetic – every one of his works was made with a moral in mind. Hicks travelled, preached, and painted until his death in 1849.