Happy Birthday Winslow Homer!! American Realist painter, Winslow Homer was born on this day in 1836 began as an illustrator of the Civil War. He was born in Boston and was apprenticed to a lithographer. After abandoning his work as an illustrator in 1881, Homer began to paint his large paintings depicting man against the force of nature. Most are involved with fishermen and the sea. Breezing Up is one of these well-loved adventurous scenes. Homer took several trips throughout his career to the Caribbean, Canada, and the Adirondacks. While away he painted watercolors, establishing watercolor as a viable medium for American painters (rather than just a sketching method).