Childe Hassam learned the value of hard work after his father’s hardware store burned to the ground and Hassam left school to work as a wood engraver.
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As a boy, Shields Landon “S. L.” Jones carved animals and figures from tree branches while out hunting in the woods of West Virginia. He worked for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad for more than forty years and after retiring devoted all of his time to carving.
By the time Alexander Gardner emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1856, he was already an accomplished photographer, with an interest in optics, astronomy, and chemistry. He introduced himself to Mathew Brady, whose work Gardner had seen at the Crystal Palace exhibition in London.
John Ferren did not complete any formal artistic training but instead learned his craft by living among Parisian avant-garde artists during the 1930s. Throughout his life, he viewed painting as a means of seeking the reality behind appearance.
Son of an ornamental designer, Bruce Crane graduated from a public school in New York City and, between 1875 and 1877, worked in a New York architect's office. In 1879 he began studying under Alexander H. Wyant in New York City, later continuing his studies in Europe.
Susan Thayer is known for her delicate and elaborately painted porcelain teapots. She first began to make her one-of-a-kind pots in 1990, after becoming frustrated working as a production potter.
Zbigniew Chojnacki grew up in Poland and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, a center of European shipbuilding. He worked as a sculptor for many years, crafting objects from industrial materials such as wood, cement, and metal.
Marc Mellon began college as a premed student but switched to history and philosophy before discovering art. Today, Mellon is one of America’s foremost figurative sculptors, best known for his portrait busts, commemorative sculptures, and bronze pieces.