The late Andrew Wyeth was a visual artist whose favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and his summer home in Cushing, Maine.
He was born into a family where drawing was like breathing. As a child, when the other kids were going to school, (his frail health kept him at home) his education was the fields, the cornfields and the woods he wandered through. His solitary walks were the primary means of inspiration for his landscapes. He developed an extraordinary intimacy with the land and sea and strove for a spiritual understanding based on history and unspoken emotion.
When I was a child, I spent many wonderful moments with Andy and his wife Betsy when I visited Maine in the summertime, where they both opened up my eyes to all the natural treasures that can be found on a walk on the beach.
Andrew Wyeth left behind an extensive body of work of more than 3,000 paintings, including the iconic “Christina’s World.”
“I love to study the many things that grow below the corn stalks and bring them back to the studio to study the color. If one could only catch that true color of nature – the very thought of it drives me mad.”