Hero, Soldier, Painter, that was Julian Scott. Not only was Julian Scott a brilliant artist- but he was also a Congressional Medal of Honor holder. He was awarded the medal for bravery as he ran through heavy fire to rescue his wounded comrades.
He was wounded in the rescue mission and whilst he was convalescing in hospital, he started drawing for fun. A kind merchant noticed his exceptional art work and gave him a scholarship to learn how to paint in the best European art schools.
I absolutely love and love his artwork. They are extraordinarily and wonderfully detailed and are very sensitively drawn - conveying a lot of emotional depth.
I'd rank his artwork a vast distance higher than any of the modern artists like Picasso etc..