Harrison Bird Brown was a native of Portland, Maine and an incredibly prolific American landscapist.
Brown had both commercial and artistic savvy. He would challenge himself with highly technical paintings that captured both the majesty of the natural environment and the place of humankind within it and also produced art based on what was likely to sell at any given time. He developed a particular skill for painting landscapes which featured ocean waters crashing onto the shore and the rocky cliffs of his native Maine. At one point, the salability of such paintings resulted in the artist managing to oversupply the local market with such works. His commercial savvy also led him to turn a handy business painting the homes of the wealthy.
In his best works, Harrison Bird Brown is incredibly technically adept, able to render with great realism the landscapes of his native Maine, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and other New England Locations. His more commercially-minded work tends to be more formulaic; being a skilled self-promoter as well as a gifted artist, Brown knew the value of accommodating demand.
Brown painted equally well in large and small scales, in the studio from sketches he made of Europe or Plein-Aire.