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Winslow Homer was born in Boston in 1836. His mother was an artist and encouraged young Winslow in learning to draw. At age 19. he was illustrating sheet music covers and then when he was 21, he started working as an illustrator for a new magazine, Harper's Weekly. Winslow Homer When the Civil War began, he went to the war front and began to paint war scenes. Then he went to Paris and studied for a few months. He spent some time on the coast of England and also in the state of Maine. Many of his paintings such as Sailing the Catboat reflect the knowledge he gained of the sea and life on the coast. Homer would do studies in pencil before he painted a picture. Sometimes he worked with oil paints and sometimes with watercolor. His watercolor pictures provided a very good income for him. Homer liked to be by himself and he never married. For the last 27 years of his life he lived in a remote part of Maine away from people.