"Thomas Moran was born in Lancashire, England, and, with his family, moved to the U.S. in 1844. Inspired to paint by his older brother, Moran studied privately in Philadelphia before returning to England for further study. While abroad, Moran was influenced by the hugely successful J.M.W. Turner, and Moran set about copying the masterís moody, atmospheric works.
Returning to the U.S., Moran made painting expeditions to the monuments of the American West, first to Yellowstone, then continuing to the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. The finely executed panoramas from these treks won Moran tremendous acclaim that would stay with him for the rest of his life.
Escaping the harsh winters, Moran moved to Santa Barbara in 1922, where he died four years later."