Charlotte Buell Coman (American, 1833 – 1924)
Born in 1833 in Waterville, NY, Charlotte Buell Coman did not begin painting until her mid forties. During her mid-thirties, she suffered from hearing loss and was completely deaf by age forty. After the death of her husband and the loss of her hearing, she studied in New York and traveled to Paris, where she studied watercolor and plein-air painting. She was influenced by the French Barbizon painters, and many of her works were compared especially to Jean-Baptiste Corot. Coman focused especially on natural light at different times of day. Like many women artists at the time, she concealed her gender by signing her canvases "C.B. Coman."