Albert Bierstadt is a German-American painter (January 7, 1830 – February 18, 1902) who I find utterly captivating and inspirational. I discovered him during my first trip to Seattle’s Art Museum (SAM) several years ago where Bierstadt’s infamous Puget Sound On The Pacific Coast hangs proud at the center of the Simonyi Exhibition Gallery. Bierstadt’s attention to composition is deliberate and powerful. His ability to capture light on the canvas (have to see the paint in the flesh to fully appreciate) is miraculous and can only be informed by a uniquely talented eye for natural light. Everything about his work is EPIC. He was clearly moved by the vast landscapes of the American West and fortunately for us uber-skilled at capturing their splendor. Albert Bierstadt…thank you sir!