Charles Burchfield (April 9, 1893 – January 10, 1967), was an American artist who enjoyed painting nature. He didn’t just paint nature, but he had a very successful way of painting nature with emotion by inventing his own symbolism. When you look at his artwork you immediately experience what he was feeling as he painted. Some of his nature paintings depict happiness, sadness, scary times, melancholy, and euphoria.
Here is a short video c/o The New Yorker on-line, with some of Birchfield’s work.
I read a biography that as a young artist trying to sell paintings, people often overlooked them because they looked, “depressing”. I think he really loved nature as it was; thunderstorms, gray skies, pouring rain, or winter blizzards. That’s not depressing, that’s exciting…and beautiful!
Another trait of his that I can relate to is that he didn’t like to travel. He had anxieties about being out of his element and away from his family. I understand.