Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Port Jervis, New York, George Towne realized he loved drawing as a young man, after his high school art teacher bought him his first set of oil paints, he started to become more serious about art making, and then interested in old master’s works of Caravaggio, Velasquez and the American painter Thomas Eakins. Towne came to New York City 20 years ago to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he earned both a B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree. His paintings have been featured in several galleries in New York, including the Leslie-Lohman Foundation.