The son of Hudson River School painter Lemuel Maynard Wiles, Irving Ramsay Wiles began study with the great American painter William Merritt Chase at the age of 18. He studied with both Chase and noted painter James Carroll Beckworth at the Art Student’s League in New York, where he would later teach. Wiles and Chase were to remain friends throughout their lives. Early in his career, Wiles worked as an illustrator for a number of American magazines. He eventually made a name for himself as a portrait artist. In his later years he allowed himself more time for landscapes and personal subjects. It's interesting that Wiles is sometimes considered an American Impressionist painter (as is Chase, and sometimes Sargent), though I feel that term is often a vague classification.