Thomas R. Curtin (American, 1899-1977) - Fall colors on Mt. Mansfield, Vermont. Oil on canvas board. Size: 16 inches x 20 inches. Artist's estate signature stamp in lower right. Circa 1960's. Autumn colors on the north side of Mount Mansfield, with a farm house and barn in the foreground. 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.'