After having been established in New York as a figure and portrait painter, Braun left for California in 1909 to escape the rigid influences of the east coast establishment. California’s incredible landscape proved to be inspirational. Reveling in the color and forms of the region and with a strong sense of composition, Braun mastered the challenges of California’s intense light and color. His landscapes reflect a deep respect and appreciation for nature. Generally regarded as San Diego’s most important early painter, he is also included in “The Big Six” of all California artists, along with Guy Rose, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond, and Franz Bischoff.