Happy Birthday John Twachtman!! This American painter was born in 1853 and considered an Impressionist. He was a member of The Ten, a group of American painters who removed themselves from the Society of American Artists in protest of “too much business and too little art”. Twatchman studied in Europe then returned to the states to settle in Connecticut. He worked in pastels and as well as oil paints, but also favored etchings as a way to spontaneously “sketch” scenes for future paintings. The artist died at the early age of 49 of a brain aneurysm. A favorite of mine is The White Bridge, reminiscent of Monet’s bridge in his Water Lily series.