Closely tied to the 19th century, New England-based Hudson River School of art, American painter Mary Blood Mellen is known for her renderings of landscapes and maritime imagery. Many of her paintings, such as "Castine Harbor", take from her experience of living in Massachusetts and traveling throughout Maine. In 1840, Mellen married the Reverend Charles W. Mellen, a Universalist minister at many local parishes.
Fitz Henry Lane was both her teacher and mentor, and his influence is obvious in Mellen’s work. Like Lane and the other artists associated with the Hudson River School, Mellen painted in the Luminist Style that was popular in mid-nineteenth century America.