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Wind, Sunshine, and Sky: A Meteorologist's Interpretation of Charles E. Burchfield's Watercolors

Charles E. Burchfield wrote, “To me, the artist, interested chiefly in weather—all weather is beautiful and full of powerful emotion.…” It is this beauty and emotion that powers the watercolors of Charles E. Burchfield. A naturalist who was schooled on the works of Henry David Thoreau, John Burroughs, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, his paintings reflect the simplicity of the local countryside, and are best known for imaginative, stylized landscapes and rural scenes.

STEPHEN VERMETTE, PhD, is a professor of geography at SUNY Buffalo State. He teaches courses in meteorology and climatology. His research interests focus on applied meteorology, local climatology, and climate reconstructions.

TULLIS JOHNSON is Curator and Manager of Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. For almost a decade Johnson has studied the art and writings of Charles Burchfield and specifically the artist's relationship to the natural world. He has curated a number of exhibitions about Burchfield and other Western New York Artists and has contributed to numerous online and print publications.

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