Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977) - A Meandering Stream. Oil on canvas. Size: 25 inches x 30 inches. Artist signed in lower left. Circa 1960's. Excellent condition and recently placed on a new stretcher and offered in a contemporary gilt wood frame. A shallow stream meanders its way through a green pasture, past sunlit white birch trees, at the end of summer, whilst spots of color on the hills beyond foretell the autumnal transformation in the days to come. Thomas Curtin was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He studied at the prestigious National Academy of Design and Art Students League, both in New York City. There Curtin found a mentor and friend in John F. Carlson, whose influence is apparent in Curtin's paintings. Curtin spent a great deal of time painting on Cape Anne, in the coastal communities of Gloucester and Rockport, and he became affiliated with the North Shore Artists Association, where be befriended the painters Emile Gruppe and Aldro Hubbard. In the 1940s, Curtin began spending part of his summers in Vinalhaven, the legendary island of painters on the coast of Maine, and also commenced trips to Vermont. In 1957, Curtin moved to the rural village of Cambridge, Vermont, where he continued his tradition of landscape painting 'en plain air.'