N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth's father, was killed when his car was struck by a train crossing the road by Kuerner's farm. "My father's death... put me in touch with something beyond me. Things to think and feel, things that meant everything to me."
Work began on this tempera shortly after Wyeth's father was killed. The scene is Kuerner's Hill, near the site of the crash. (http://andrewwyeth.com/timeline/)