I have been living in a bit of a bubble for the past month and just heard the sad news of Andrew Wyeth's passing. He has been very influential to me as a painter. Specifically, I am fascinated by his figurative works depicting Helga that capture such candid, raw, truthful moments. His use of light and shadow are unprecedented, and his ability to convey a strong sense of mood and mystery within a desolate room, window, or landscape is inspiring. His drawings and watercolors are just as precious - if not more - than his painstaking tempura paintings. He truly had a unique ability to translate mundane life into beautiful drawings and paintings for the world to enjoy.
Long live a great American master!