Alexander Helwig Wyant was a native of Ohio and an American painter who is known primarily for his landscape works.
Wyant developed a love for painting early in his life, setting the scenery alongside the Ohio River on canvas. He is generally listed as one of the Hudson River School painters who constitute the first individuals to make a serious effort toward representing the natural beauty of the United States in the form of serious artwork. Wyant's work is characterized by their combination of pastoral scenes that give the viewer a serene feeling, realistic renderings of the natural environment and a soft, warm use of light.
Like many artists, Alexander Helwig Wyant started his career as a commercial artist, painting signs in his teenage ears. He was drawn to the art of George Inness and made a pilgrimage to New York to meet the artist. His formal studies started soon afterward and saw him studying in New York and abroad. His first solo exhibition was at the National Academy of Design in 1864.
In 1873, a stroke left Wyant's right arm permanently paralyzed. The artist, not about to be deterred from his chosen profession, taught himself to paint with his left hand.