Tore Asplund (1903-1978) was born in Sweden. He lived for most of his life in New York City. An oil painter, Tore Asplund was also an active member of the American Watercolor Society between 1938 and 1939. Asplund's paintings were characterized by their muted tones and calming lines. His subject matter was vast, although largely predominated by landscapes and portraiture. He was in the Coast Guard during World War II where he served as a combat artist, painting the scenes of the landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy when under fire. Asplund's works were exhibited at the American Watercolor Society in 1938 and 1939 and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1938. His painting inspired by his wartime experience won him a great deal of recognition, including first prize at the Washington Press Club in 1948, as well as the Zabriskie Prize, the Audubon Artists Purchase Prize, and the Albert Sonn and Samual Shaw Prizes that same year. Asplund was a lifetime member of the Allied Artists, the American Water Color Society, the Audubon Artists and the Salmagundi Club.