Edward Hopper, acknowledged as an important 20th century American Realist, was born in Nyack NY, and spent much of his adult life in New York City. Initially trained as an illustrator, Hopper’s interpretations of empty cityscapes, landscapes, and isolated figures are reflected in clearly outlined forms that use strongly defined lighting and cropped compositions, thereby creating moods of isolation and loneliness. Quiet and reserved, Hopper was slow to realize artistic recognition and commercial success in the Fine Art world and relied on printmaking to survive. Hopper’s painting style matured and his signature iconography emerged–from isolated figures in public or private interiors, to sun-soaked architecture, silent streets, and coastal scenes with lighthouses.