The three painters that I was drawn to were Grant Wood (of course), Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry. They were the most influential painters of their time. They are hailed Midwestern Triumvirate of American Regionalism. They were critics of abstract expressionism. I, personally, prefer realism painting because I am impressed by the details of the work.
John Steaurt Curry (1897-1946) Tornado Over Kansas, 1929, oil on canvas
Muskegon Museum of Art
Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)
Cradling Wheat, 1938
Saint Louis Art Museum
Grant Wood, The Birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 1931
Des Moines Art Center