(March 23 1865
– November 5 1917
), one of Kentucky
's most renowned artists, was an American impressionist painter
Early life and education
Sawyier, the son of Dr. Nathaniel and Ellen Wingate Sawyier, was born on March 23, 1865 on his grandfather's farm in Madison County, Ohio
. In 1870, he moved with his family to Frankfort, Kentucky
After high school Sawyier attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati, studying under Thomas S. Noble. In 1889, he furthered his art studies under William Merritt Chase at the New York Art Students League.
Career as artist
Sawyier worked mostly in watercolor
and is best known for his scenes in the Frankfort, Kentucky
area and New York.
Sawyier's paintings are considered historical documentation of the Kentucky River
at the turn of the Twentieth Century. In 1893, Sawyier went to the Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition
, where some of his works were in the State of Kentucky display.
Later life and death
From 1913 until his death, Sawyier lived in a converted chapel at "Highpoint," the estate of art patron Mrs. Marshall L. Emory in the New York Catskills. On November 5, 1917, at the age of 52, Sawyier died of heart attack. He was buried in a cemetery in Fleischmanns, New York. Later that year, he was interred in the Sawyier-Wingate family plot in the Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky. At the time of his death it is estimated that he painted 3,000 works, mostly watercolor landscapes.