For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind:
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was an American painter and printmaker, who is best know for his canvasses featuring marine subjects.
Homer was largely self-taught, and after years of working for a lithographic firm in Boston, he left to become a freelance illustrator. He studied briefly at the National Academy of Design in New York City, took a few painting lessons, and earned his livelihood producing drawings for weekly magazines. After a brief trip to Paris, he settled into a small coastal village in northeast England for ten months. When he returned to America, he moved his studio to the Maine coast, and spent the rest of his life traveling in the Adirondacks and Quebec in the summers, and in Florida, Bermuda, and the Bahamas in winter. All of these journeys found creative expression in his beautiful paintings.