Edward Christiana (1912-1992). “Connie and Joanne,” 1943. Watercolor, 16 by 20 inches. Signed and dated on recto (lower left) and verso. Connie was the artist’s wife; and Joanne, a friend of Connie’s. Though Christiana was known as the Painter Laureate of the Mohawk Valley, in central New York State, he painted throughout the US and Canada. He graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1933; was inducted into the American Watercolor Society in 1949; and taught at the Munson-Williams-Proctor School of Art from the 1940s until his death in 1992. His inspirations included J. C. Leyendecker, N. C. Wyeth, and John Marin. His oil paintings and watercolors are represented in the Currier Gallery of Art (NH), Worcester Art Museum (MA), and Columbus Museum of Art (OH), among other institutions. The artwork was most likely framed by the artist and has not been removed from said frame. Nevertheless, the watercolor shows is in good condition. The frame (under glass) measures 18″ by 22″.