Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) is an american artist that is best known for his landscapes. I personally enjoy this, "Home by the Lake", and the one like it for the amount of detail and imagination put into something that is right in front of them. I find the way they are able to scale objects in the frame so perfectly is what makes a painting like this so amazing. Another thing that makes me partial to Frederic Church is he was born in my home state of Connecticut, and became america's best known painter in the 1850's-60's. He also attended the Hudson River School for painters which of course is right in our local area!