William E. West Sr. (1922 - 2014), Gerry, 1955; oil on masonite, 7 x 9 inches, Courtesy of the artist
"Gerry was my wife. I saw her one morning and I felt it was a natural view which was the way I preferred to portray my subjects." William West
Charles Burchfield emerged (as President Lyndon Johnson eulogized him) as an "artist to America," due to the clear-eyed landscapes of his early watercolors to the transcendental interpretations of nature embodied in his later paintings.