I like a lot of different styles of painting. I have had an active interest in art for the past few years, and my tastes are still evolving as I learn and live with my growing collection. I do not collect as an investment but for the fun of it and to feed my enjoyment for doing research and learning. Here are some of my favorites. By the way, I am NOT the wildlife artist of the same name.
unnamed, Dorothy Cutter, 5" x 7", acrylic on board, ca
Dorothy Cutter resides
in Morro Bay, California. She studied at the Maryland Art
Institute, Corcoran Museum School, American University and
California College of Arts and Crafts. She has a web site. This
painting possibly depicts her daughter, Amy, who was one of
her early, favorite subjects.
unnamed, Joe Polzer, 9" x 15", watercolor on paper
Joseph J Polzer Jr. was
born on 18 September 1890 in Omaha,Nebraska, son of Austrian
immigrants Joseph and Mary Weiss Polzer, and died on 7
September 1966 in San Gabriel, CA. Joseph Polzer Sr. was
working as a barber in Omaha during the 1900 and 1910
Federal censuses. Joseph J. Polzer Jr. was working as a
painter in 1910 in Omaha. He was married to Ruth
Irene Roth on 6 February 1917. According to his WWI
Draft Registration card, Polzer was working as a
self-employed rancher in Bennett County, South Dakota in May
1917. Joseph and Ruth were living in Rapid City, SD in 1920
where he was employed as an interior decorator. They were in
Los Angeles by 1930 where Joseph was working as foreman,
telephone company during the 1930 and 1940 censuses. They
had children Louis Anthony and Jo Ann. Joe was an
active member of Telephone Pioneers and participated in
local area art shows, especially during the early sixties
around Alhambra, Temple City and San Gabriel, CA. He was
active as a painter in oils and watercolors for most of his
life, often selling paintings. He is buried in the
Resurrection Cemetery in San Gabriel. According to his
granddaughter, his signature changed over time. My painting
was done early in his career.
Early example of Polzer's signature
Along with some framing
notes, this inscription is on the back of the painting. It
is thought that this painting was a gift to his in-laws. The
painting is in a Mission-style oak frame and probably dates
to around 1920.
unnamed, Addison Johnson, 16" x 25", watercolor on paper
Addison Irwin Johnson
was born on 2 September 1892 in Kansas City, Missouri, a
son of Hector Lewis Johnson and Maria Elston Quigley.
Johnson is listed in California Watercolors 1850-1970 by
McClelland, (in progress...)
Addison Johnson signature
unnamed, Mildred Ames Waters, 9" x 12", oil on canvas
Winifred Ames was born on 22 January 1898 in New Sharon,
Franklin County, Maine, a daughter of Charles Theodore Ames
and Leora A. Willard. Charles was employed as "shoe shop
laster" in the 1900 census. The Ames were apparently
divorced and Leora was remarried to Williams W. Slover by
1910 when they were listed in the census of Portland, Maine.
Williams was employed as a "Motorman, Electric RR". The
Slovers were back in New Sharon during the 1920 census,
where Williams was employed as a "farmer, general". Mildred
was still living at home, employed as a "teacher, grammar
school". Edan Hughes published a biography of Mildred in his
work on California artists that is widely cited on the
Internet and in other sources. Hughes states that Mildred
moved to Riverside, CA in 1919, but this is obviously an
error. He also states that Mildred married Benjamin F.
Waters shortly afterward, but that is also an error as the
1930 census of Riverside, CA shows that Benjamin and Mildred
were married about 1926. Another source claims their
marriage date to be 21 August 1927, but does not offer any
documentation to support this claim. Mildred Ames is listed
in the 1921, 1923 and 1925 Riverside City Directories,
employed as a teacher. The 1927 Riverside City Directory
lists Benjamin and wife Mildred W., and his employment a
"agt, Los Angeles Times". Benjamin was employed as a
"commercial salesman, electric refrigerators" during the
1930 census. He was nine years Mildred's senior, a widower
and father of two children. The Waters had a new child,
Audrey L. Waters, in 1930. Mildred is listed as "Mildred A."
in the 1931 Riverside City Directory. The Waters are listed
in the Riverside city directories several times in the 1930s
and Mildred is listed as either "Mildred" or "Mildred A.".
Mildred is listed as "Mrs. Mildred A. Waters" at 4256 Almond
Avenue and her two step children at another address in the
1941 Riverside City Directory, but Benjamin is absent.
Mildred was still listed at the Almond Avenue address in
1942, but "Ben" Waters is also listed at the same address.
Benjamin and Mildred are listed at 451 Hawthorne Road,
Laguna Beach in 1951. Mildred was listed as a Republican in
the 1958 voter registration of Laguna Beach, CA. Benjamin is
not listed. Her address was 451 Hawthorne Road.
She was at 1130 N. Coast Highway during the 1960 and 1962
voter registrations. She had moved to 802 Manzanita Drive by
Mildred is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, Who Was Who in American Art by Falk and California Artists by Edan Hughes. She was reportedly primarily are watercolorist who studied with Rex Brandt and Phil Dike, though this is not confirmed. Much of the work by her sold at recent auctions were oil paintings. She supposedly had her own gallery in Laguna Beach, but no records have been found to support this. According to Hughes she exhibited at the Riverside Art Association, LA City Hall, 1941, the Laguna Beach Artists Association in the 1940s and the Laguna Festival of the Arts, 1951-65.
Mildred died on 2 February 1990 in Portland, Oregon.
Mildred Ames Waters signature
unnamed, O. M. Merrill, 14" x 18", oil on artist board
Morse Merrill was born on 13 April 1907 in Newburyport, MA,
a son of George P. and Mary E. Morse Merrill. George was
born in Adrian, MI and Mary in Cleveland, OH, according to
the record of Oliver's birth and the record of their
marriage on 18 May 1899 in Cleveland. Mary died before 1910,
according to the 1910 census. George, and sons Dwight and
Oliver, were living in Minneapolis, MN in 1910, where George
was employed as a Minister. George's father, George R.
Merrill, was also a minister. The Merrills relocated to
Atlanta, GA by 1920, where George was employed as a Pastor.
He had remarried by this time to a woman named Blanche Y.
Oliver was living in Long Beach, CA in 1930 where he was
employed as a truck driver for a paint company. There are
several records in passenger lists of Oliver's travels from
California to Hawaii in the 1930s and his Social Security
number was issued there. He traveled alone in 1935-1936 and
was accompanied by his wife, Mary Olga, in 1937. Mary Olga
was the daughter of H. Ray and Olga Holm McClintock. The
Merrills were listed in 1938 in the Bay Cities City
Directory (CA), where Oliver was employed as an advertising
man. The Merrills are listed in the 1941, 1943 and 1945 La
Jolla, CA city directories. His occupation was given as
clerk in 1943. There are few mentions of the Merrills in
records after 1945, but Oliver later had an art studio in
Spanish Village in Balboa Park in San Diego which is proved
by the stamp that he applied to the back of his paintings.
O. M. Merrill signature
recorded about Merrill's work as an artist. The period he
was active as an artist and the source of his training as an
artist are not known.
painting was sold on ebay three times in about three weeks,
losing its frame in the process. It also lost some paint on
the edges where the frame was removed or else it was missing
from some earlier incident.
Oliver Morse Merrill died on 11 June 1979 in San Diego, CA. Mary Olga Merrill died on 16 January 1992 in Collin County, TX. The Merrills are buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Escondido, San Diego County, CA.
unnamed, Mike Rivero, 24" x 18", acrylic on board
Mike Rivero was born in Cuba in
1959. He studied with Michael Dancer, but is largely
self-taught. He has a web site which
appears to be pretty out of date, but has some nice
examples of his work. I will get better images of the
paintings in my collection, when I get a chance to.
unnamed, Mike Rivero, 8" x 10", acrylic on board
Grauer was born on 2 November 1927 in St. Joseph, Missouri,
a son of Lyle S. G. and Erma F. Grauer. Lyle was working as
a "musician, Mgr. Orchestra" in St. Joseph in 1930. Ron grew
up in Topeka, Kansas where his father operated a bowling
alley. He later studied art at Washburn University, Kansas
City Institute of Art and the Ringling School of Art in
Sarasota, Florida. He later took the Famous Artists
correspondence course and studied at the Art Center in Los
Angeles as well as Chouinard School of Art and at UCLA.
He then opened a graphics studio and did illustration work
for several years before moving to Carmel, California and
becoming a full time fine artist. Grauer is listed in Who's
Who in the West (1999). He is a member of the Carmel Art
I purchased this painting from a seller who could not read the signature, but years of doing genealogical research in the 1600-1900s period has given me a talent for reading signatures and this one was easy. I quickly determined what the name was and a short time later found several examples of Mr. Grauer's signature and his web site. I contacted him to confirm that this his work and received a very gracious and informative reply:
Conrad Adolph Mecheski was born in Larne, Northern Ireland. He is a 1986 graduate of American International High School in Vienna. He attended the Art Institute of Boston. Mecheski has been a resident of San Diego since 1991.
Gerard B. Martin was born Pebble Beach, California about 1963. Martin graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Studio Arts and studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1991. He studied under Dan McGaw and Richard Bunkle at the Art Center. He later studied with Ovanes Berberian. Martin is a member of the Carmel Art Association. He teaches art at the York School in Monterey, California. This painting is not signed, but the seller purchased it with a lot of paintings, all of which were signed by Martin and were in a similar style and color palette.
unnamed, Thomas Davies, 11" x 14", oil on board
Davies was born in 1949 in England is a self taught painter
in oils who lives in Carmel, CA.
Thomas Davies signature
James Hartman was born in St.
Louis, Missouri in 1950. He studied art at Meramec
College. Hartman was later employed for fourteen years as
the Art Director for a publishing company. He assisted in
the design and graphics of a range of publications. Before
moving to California in 1983, Hartman lived in Holland for
over a year. He then worked in the San Francisco Bay Area
and his work included murals and specialty paint finishes
for a variety of clients. While living in the Bay Area,
Hartman pursued further studies in fine arts at the San
Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University.
Hartman has participated in numerous shows throughout the
Bay Area. Hartman completed numerous of these figurative
studies of women around 2010/2011. He has a web site and
more of these figurative works are available, though not
listed on his web site. He may be contacted via his email address
if you are interested in his figurative works.
The two figurative works below are
painted on the same masonite panel. The first painting
shown above was painted on a piece of foam backing board.
unnamed, James Hartman,
12" x 10", oil on masonite panel, 2011
interesting to note that these three works were painted
about the same time, but are each signed differently and
on different materials using differing configurations.
Identifying this artist's work in the future may be
problematic. I like these small figurative works. They are
typically very colorful and well composed.
unnamed, James Hartman,
12" x 10", oil on masonite panel
"Winehaven", James Hartman, 12" x 14", stretched linen,
This was a preliminary painting for
a much larger work.
print maker. Pope studied at the Minneapolis
School of Fine Arts and at the Fontainebleau School of
Fine Arts (France) where she was awarded a diploma in
Fresco. Pope exhibited several gouaches and
lithographs in the Minnesota State Fair Arts Competition
in 1939, where she won a prize. Two of these works,
"Italian Fishermen" and "Lonely Station", were exhibited
later that year at the Seventh International Exhibit of
Lithography and Wood Engraving held at the Art Institute
of Chicago. She also exhibited at the Minnesota State fair
in 1940, winning a prize, and at the Minneapolis Institute
of Arts. She was a participant in the Treasury
Department’s Section of Fine Arts, a New Deal program that
placed murals in public buildings. She painted a mural for
the Chisholm, Minnesota Post Office titled "Discovery of
Ore” which was installed in 1941. She signed
both as Elizabeth Carney Pope and as Betty Carney Pope.
Betty was married to photographer Ken Pope. W. Kenneth Pope was an instructor in Commercial Photography at the Minneapolis School of Art. Betty Pope is mentioned in Minnesota Prints and Print Makers, 1900-1945 by Robert Crump. Pope was mentioned in "Art Forum" magazine in 1963. She is also mentioned in the catalog "Fifty Years of Crocker-Kingsley: fiftieth annual exhibition, work of North California Artists" in 1975. She exhibited several works at this exhibition and received an honorable mention for an oil titled "Where is tomorrow".
Elizabeth Jeanette Pope died on 22 August 1995 in Sacramento, CA. Pope's dates are generally given as 1910-1991, but the California Death Index clearly identifies the correct dates. A man named William Kenneth Pope was born on 12 July 1913 in Kansas and died on 21 February 1979 in Sacramento.
Forrest Silsby Hibbits was
born in Lompoc, CA on 9 October 1905, a son of Guy and
Jennie Silsby Hibbits. Jennie was perhaps related to well
known artist Wilson Eugene Silsby. Forrest's middle
initial is given as "Q" in the California birth index.
Hibbits studied at the California College of Arts and
Crafts. He worked in San Francisco as a commercial
illustrator during the 1930s. Hibbits departed Cherbourg,
France on 12 June 1937, returning to the US. Hibbits
enlisted in the US Army in February 1942, noting that he
was a commercial artist with three years of college.
During WWII he was an illustrator for the U.S. Air Force.
After WWII, he taught at the Santa Barbara Art
Institute. Hibbits departed Rotterdam, Netherlands on 1
October 1947 to return to the US. He was accompanied by
Marie Hibbits, born ca 1895, who became a naturalized US
citizen in 1932 in San Francisco. Hibbits' fine art
includes representational landscapes and abstracts.
Hibbits exhibited in many western art museums including
the San Francisco Museum of Art, the De Young Museum,
Oakland Museum of Art, and Palace of Legion of Honor. He exhibited
at the San Francisco Art Association in 1935 and 1941 and
at the California Watercolor Society, 1948-53.
He received numerous awards including at the California
State Fair in 1966 and the Orange County National Water
Color Show in 1967. Hibbits was a member of the California
National Water Color Society, Ventura Art Association,
Santa Barbara Art Association and an Honorary Member of
the Oxnard Art Club. He was president of the Santa Barbara
Art Association in 1963. His work is included in the
permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
and the Long Beach Museum of Art. Hibbits wife, Marie
Jaans, was also an artist and they exhibited their work
together and separately. She may be the Marie Jaans who
arrived at Ellis Island on the ship Belgenland from
Antwerp, Belgium on 6 July 1923. She gave her nationality
as French German and residence as Brussels, Belgium. She
exhibited as Marie Jaans and as Marie Hibbits. Forrest
Hibbits is listed Artists in California by Hughes and Davenport's Art
Reference and Price Guide.
Forrest Hibbits died in Lompoc on 6 July 1996. Marie Jaans Hibbits was born on 8 January 1895 and died on 12 April 1984 in Buellton, Santa Barbara, CA. Marie Jaans Hibbits was born in France. She studied at the Labaudt School of San Francisco. Her work is included in the Long Beach Museum of Art.
Albert Alvin Stetter was born on 21
May 1907 in York County, Pennsylvania, a son of Albert
Stetter. He was married to Nadine E. Menges on 11 February
1928 in York County. His early art training included a
correspondence course from the International
Correspondence School of Cartooning. He became a
free lance artist for Sport, and other cartoons, before
relocating to L.A. where he was employed by the Disney
Studios as a cartoonist. He retired from Disney in
the 1970s. He was
an animator on all Disney features except for Snow White,
when he took a two year break to animate the "Beanie"
series. Stetter is mentioned on AskArt.com and IMDB.com
and listed in "Artists of California 1786-1940 by Hughes.
A large number of paintings and memorabilia from his
career with Disney appeared on ebay in early 2011. Little
information is available about Stetter's work as a fine
painting bears the location "Bishop, California" verso. The
first painting is inscribed "New Brunswick, CAD" verso.
Albert Stetter died on 27 January 2008 in Burbank, CA. "Off
Line Street" is actually a very lush and colorful painting
which this image does not convey. I was very pleasantly
surprised when I received it.
Westerling was born in 1944 in the San Joaquin Valley,
California. He attended The Baum School of Art in
Allentown, PA and studied with Michael Dancer after moving
to Los Angeles, CA. He was a member of the Beverly Hills
Art League, the Los Angeles Businessman's Art Institute,
and is a Painting Patron Member of the California Art
I found several
paintings by this artist at a local thrift shop. I also
found the biography below on several sites. I think this
may be some sort of a scam or perhaps similar to the many
"Burnett" paintings from Mexico. All of the paintings in
the local shop bore the stamp of "Creative Interiors" and
"Hecho en Mexico". I could not find Robert Cox with the
birth and death dates given below in either the Social
Security Death Index or in the California Death Index. I
could find no mention of a company called "Mayhew Peakes".
There is a Katherine Gibbs School, but it appears to be a
2 year college. The Art Workers Coalition was founded in
New York City in 1969, seven years after Cox supposedly
moved to California, and only existed until 1971. The only
mention I can find for the Brown Hammerson Medal of Honour
(or Honor) is in this biography.
"Born on July 14th, 1934 in Mt Holly, New Jersey, he studied at the Katharine Gibbs School of Art from 1953 until 1956 before joining Mayhew Peakes Inc. as a graphic designer. Dissatisfied with his progress he resigned in 1962 and moved to California where he married Marjorie in 1966. The new Californian environment gave him unrestricted floral subjects for his painting and he painted furiously to make up for the lost time he felt he had spent in Philadelphia. It was important to him that art was available to the general public. He appreciated that most people could not afford thousands of Dollars for original works and, often to his own financial detriment, he strived to keep his sale prices low.
Although generally shy and unassuming, he was a founder member of the Art Workers Coalition and very active in promoting the rights of artists. He was awarded the Brown Hammerson Medal of Honour for services to art in 1986.
One of the most prolific painters of the 1970s and 1980s, Robert Cox established a huge reputation in the United States for his almost neo-Victorian style and his early adoption of the pallet knife in creating stylised flowers. His work is represented in many American museums, galleries and private collections as well as having been frequently exported to Europe and Australia and has been auctioned at Christies, Bonhams and Cheffins.
Robert Cox died on June 18th, 2001 in Escondido, California after a long illness. His wife, Marjorie, and his daughters, Kate and Ginny, survived him."
Margaret A. "Maggie" Wintle was a
born about 1936 and is a Costa Mesa, California artist.
She married David Tretheway Wintle. Her work is much
reproduced as prints and greeting cards and a web site is
devoted to this work. Her other work included pet
portraits, and the painting in my collection is likely an
example of her work in this area.
Janet Ament de la Roche and Victor
Di Gesu were husband and wife artists.
Janet Ament De La Roche was born in
Hollywood, CA on Dec. 31, 1916. She studied in Los
Angeles at the Chouinard Art Institute, Otis Art Institute
and in Europe at the Academie de la Grande Chaumier in
Paris, Academie de Andre L'Hote in Paris, Academia Di Bell
Arte in Rome and Academie des Belles Artes de San Jorge in
Barcelona. She was a member of the Carmel Art Association.
She is not listed in any art reference work.
Janet Ament de la Roche died 15 April 2000 in Pacific Grove, California.
"girl with Bike", Janet de
la Roche, 12" x 16", oil on board
I was not particularly crazy about
"girl with Bike" when I first saw it, but it was a
bargain, and the only painting by de la Roche that I have
seen that was titled and fully signed, verso. I noted the
title exactly as the artist wrote it. It is very colorful.
It also has a notation "price - " verso, so was de la
Roche apparently considered it to be a serious work. It
has grown on me but some of the dimensions still bug me.
unnamed, Victor Digesu, 18" x 15", oil on artists
Gesu was born on 2 July 1914 in Long
Meadow, Massachusetts of Sicilian-born parents. He graduated
from Pasadena High School and went on to attend college.
After graduating from college, he won two art scholarships,
first to Art Center School and then to Chouinard Art
Institute, both in Los Angeles. His intention was to
become a commercial illustrator and for two years he worked
as an animator for the Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles.
Victor was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in
London during the bombings and later took part in the
invasion of Germany. After the war, Di Gesu attended the
Jepson Art Institute in L.A. on the GI Bill, with the
intention of becoming a fine artist. Victor married Janet de
la Roche while in Los Angeles. The couple then
went to Europe where they stayed for four years. Victor
studied at the Grand Chaumier and the Andre L'Hote Institute
in Paris. He exhibited his work throughout
the 1940's in the galleries of Paris, Rome, London and
Barcelona. Di Gesu was a member of the Carmel Art
Association. Di Gesu is not listed in any art reference
Victor Di Gesu died 28 December 1988 in Pacific Grove, California.
Kinney Parkhurst was born on 26 April 1921 in
Derby Line, Vermont. She attended the School of Practical
Arts in Boston, Baylor College in Waco, Texas and the Museum
of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro. Violet completed her
formal training in the arts at Los Angeles City College.
Parkhurst is mentioned in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in
International Art, Who's Who in the West, Noteworthy Americans,
Reference and Price Guide and American Artists of
Renown. Her works are in the collections of several
Violet Parkhurst died on 12 January 2008 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California.
Wilson Eugene Silsby
was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 7, 1883 a son of
Eugene Weston and Mary J. Hubbard Silsby. For some reason,
his mother's maiden name is given as "Redenbaugh" in the
California Death Index, but his brother, Benjamin F.
Silsby, swore that the mother of Wilson was Mary J.
Hubbard in Wilson's passport application. Silsby was an
etcher, lithographer and painter in oils and watercolors.
He was the inventor of the no-ground etching plate
process. He was well known for his stage-set designs for
the theater and motion picture industry. This biography
was complicated a bit by the fact there there were two men
named Wilson Silsby living in the Los Angeles area about
the same time. He apparently did not marry, but adopted a
son, Clifford Silsby (AKA Isadore Friedman), who was also
Silsby attended high school in Chicago and later studied with private tutors in France and England. He studied art with William Merritt Chase and Abbott Thayer. Silsby moved to Los Angeles in 1913, where he worked as an art director for silent movies for Universal Pictures. He later worked with several other movie studios. Silsby began working with the etching process in the 1920s. He authored two books, Etching Methods and Materials and Dry-Points of Wilson Silsby in the 1940s. He had studios in Los Angeles, Paris and Nice. He is widely listed, including, Artists in California, 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes, Who's Who in American Art 1936-53, Southern California Artists by Nancy Moure, Who's Who in California 1942, Who's Who on the Pacific Coast 1949 and Artists of the American West by Doris Dawdy.
Silsby exhibited widely, including the Ebell Salon (Los Angeles), 1934; various Paris Salons; the Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939. His work is part of the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum; the Library of Congress; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Crocker Museum (Sacramento); the Museum of New Mexico; the Seattle Museum; the Denver Museum; the Toledo Museum; the New York Public Library; the Pennsylvania Museum; the Orange County (CA) Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Art; the De Young Museum; the Oakland Museum; the British Museum; the Paris Museum of Modern Art; Uffizi Galleries (Florence); the National Museum of Mexico and the Cleveland Museum.
The etching above is an ebay find, marked "W.P." for working proof or working print, signed and illegibly titled. Artists typically don't preserve or sign their working proofs, so Silsby must have thought there was something special about this particular etching. It was purchased at an estate sale in October 2017 in Los Angeles. The images are the seller's so all of the colors and distortions are from the reflection of the seller in the glass. I will get better images when I take it apart to re-mat it, since the current matting obviously is old and acidic. It is interesting that someone found it worth the effort of double matting, framing and displaying. The center of the image is very finely detailed but the rest is pretty loose and unfinished. It would be interesting to see what the finished etching looked like. I probably paid too much for it ($93) but it makes a nice complement to the work in my collection by Clifford Silsby. Quite a few of these etchings appeared on ebay from several Los Angeles sellers about the same time, apparently from an estate sale at Abell's Auction House in Commerce, CA, approximately between November 2015 and April 2016, according to the seller of this print.
unnamed, Wilson Silsby, 4.5" x 6", etching
Here is another example
of Silsby's work from another seller that I bought on ebay
on the same day. This seller had signed, monogrammed and
unsigned works. This one is monogrammed "WS". None of the
etchings offered by the various sellers were numbered or
dated, so all may have been working prints or over runs.
Wilson Spilsby died at his home in Sherman Oaks. CA on January 17, 1952 and is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA. He had a very brief obituary in the Van Nuys News on 24 January 1952.
Clifford F. Silsby was born Isidore
Friedman on 15 August 1896 at New Haven, Connecticut, a
son of Hyman and Becky Friedman. The fact that Silsby
applied for a passport to travel abroad in 1921 makes it
possible to identify his birth family and determine facts
about his early life. In his application, Clifford gave
his date and place of birth, and his father's name as
Hyman "Silsby", which is likely a typo. A typed notation
at the top of his application says "Isidore Friedman now
known as Clifford F. Silsby". Becky Friedman attested to
the facts of Clifford/Isidore's birth in a deposition
attached to his application, as his birth certificate
could not be found at New Haven. She gave her Chicago
street address in the deposition, which makes it possible
to identify this family. Isidore Friedman was a
surprisingly common name in the early 1900s, as was Becky
or Rebecka Friedman. Wilson Silsby applied for
a passport at the same time that Clifford did, and his
application adjoins Becky Friedman's deposition. The
purpose for their passport application was to travel to
Italy, France and the British Isles "to study" and
"travel". Clifford gave his occupation as "student and
artist", and Wilson as "Art Director". J. Francis Smith
witnessed each man's application. He was an accomplished
artist and one of Clifford's teachers. Wilson Eugene
Silsby was born in Chicago, Illinois so the two men may
have met there.
Clifford (left) and Wilson (right) Silsby 1921 passport photos
The Friedmans are not identifiable in the 1900 census but can be found in the 1910 Chicago census. Becky was a widow in 1910, unemployed, her oldest child was Isidore and youngest was Sophia, age 4. Her other children were Rose born 1898, Sadie born 1899 and David born 1902. Clifford's first identifiable appearance in records is his 1918 WWI draft registration. Though he was using his adoptive name, the form reported that his dependents were a widowed mother, a brother age 16 and sister age 12. The brother and sister, David age 19 and Laffie (Sophie?) age 14, were still living with his mother in Chicago in 1920, and their place of birth was given as Illinois. Becky gave her year of immigration as 1894, her nationality as Galicia (Poland), her parents nationality as Galicia (Austria), and native language as Yiddish. The 1920 and 1930 censuses report that Clifford was the "son-foster" and "adopted son" of Wilson Silsby, which is a bit odd as Wilson Silsby was born in 1883, so was only 13 years older than Clifford.
Clifford was living in Los Angeles in 1918, employed as painter for Universal Film co., Universal City, CA. He was living with Wilson Silsby in 1920 employed as a scene painter, motion pictures. Wilson Silsby was employed as an art director, motion pictures. They were still living in the same home in 1930 in Los Angeles, both employed as "artist, picture studio". Clifford was eventually married to female artist Murray Wilcox Silsby. A most confusing bunch.
Clifford, Wilson, and Murray are all well listed artists. Clifford is listed in Davenports Art Reference and Price Guide, Artists of the American West by Dawdy, Who Was Who in American Art by Falk, various editions of Who's Who in American Art, Index of Artists by Mallett, and Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers by Fielding. According to Falk, Clifford Silsby studied at the Academie Julian, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and in Paris with Dechenaud, Royer, L. Simon, and J. Pages. He exhibited widely in Paris and in California. He did extensive work for motion picture studios.
Clifford Wilson died in Los Angeles on 22 November 1986. Murray was born on 24 September 1901 and died on 2 February 1994 in Los Angeles. Wilson Eugene Silsby was born on 7 October 1883 and died on 17 January 1952 in Los Angeles.
Clifford Silsby Signature
Thomas Fisk Goff was born on 15
August 1890 in Effingham, Surrey County, England. Some
sources give his birthplace as London, England, but Goff,
himself, gave his birthplace as Effingham in both his
Naturalization Declaration of Intent and WWI draft
registration card. Both were completed in 1917. This is
further supported by FreeBMD,
which shows Goff's birth in the district of Dorking, which
is in Surrey County. The California Death Index gives the
maiden name of Goff's mother as King. Goff's
naturalization record shows that he was residing in
Grimsky, Canada before entering the US at Detroit,
Michigan on 25 November 1906. Goff was residing in Detroit
in 1910, where he was employed as a "clerk, auto factory".
He was living in Los Angeles in 1917 where he was employed
as a sign painter at Dromgold & Schroeder Co. He was
still in Los Angeles in 1920, employed as a "sign painter,
sign factory". He had married Hazel Jane Cobb by that
time, and her mother, Ida, was living with them. The Goffs
were living in Beverly Hills, California in 1930 and
Thomas was employed as "sign painter, own business". The
census reports that Thomas was aged 27 when he married,
which would have been about 1917. The Goffs did not have
children by 1930, so may have been childless. They were
living alone in 1930. Goff married Helen Blaume in 1975,
after the death of his first wife.
Goff is probably best known as the designer of the "Hollywoodland" sign, which later became the "Hollywood" sign. He is often credited as the designer of today's "Hollywood" sign, which is not true. His design included light bulbs on all of the letters so that the sign could be seen at night. He was the owner of the Crescent Sign Company at the time, in 1923, and his company constructed the sign. He was hired by developers Woodruff and Shoults. The sign was originally intended to be temporary and used to advertise a housing development, but later became synonymous with the film industry and the last four letters were removed. The sign probably survived because it would have been too expensive to tear it down.
Goff was also apparently a prolific artist, generating over 5,000 works. His work as a painter is apparently not much respected, possibly because he was so prolific. He is not mentioned in any major art reference book, except Artists in California by Hughes. He is mentioned on online sites like AskArt and ArtPrice. The number of his works may be an indication of it's general quality. He was employed by the Federal Art Project in the 1930s. He was a field director for the American Red Cross for 25 years. It is not known where he received his training as an artist. All of the works that I have seen by him are small, brightly colored landscapes but, with 5,000 works to his credit, my guess would be that he painted a variety of subjects, styles and sizes. I do not know if he worked in mediums other than oil paints. The other works I have seen have been in a more realistic style than my painting, but are almost Fauvist in color.
Thomas Fisk Goff died on 30 January 1984 in San Luis Obispo, California.
Nona W. Linneman was born on 17
July 1899 in Pajaro Township, Santa Cruz County,
California, a daughter of William A. and Maud C. Beck.
William was working as a farmer in Santa Cruz County in
1900, a bookkeeper for a lumber company in Salinas, CA in
1910, and as an engineer in a pumping plant in
Watsonville, CA in 1920. Nona was working as a bookkeeper
for a gas company in 1920. Nona married Vincent J.
Linneman about 1921 in Pajaro, Santa Cruz County, CA, and
they moved to Los Angeles. Nona and Vincent were living in
Denver, Colorado in 1930 where Vincent was employed as a
photography salesman. The Linnemans settled in
Watsonville, CA where they lived from 1932 until as least
1942, according to voter registration lists. Both were
registered Democrats. The Linnemans eventually settled in
Nona Linneman studied art at Watsonville Junior College adult education classes under Mrs. F. J. Stirnaman, Shizue Matsuda, and Mrs. Elizabeth Baldwin, and also studied with Hatley Cox, a San Francisco artist. Nona painted in oils and watercolors. She exhibited with other artists from the Artists League of Fresno in 1952. The League later became the Fresno Art Museum. One of Nona's paintings was shown in the Fresno Bee on 2 November 1952. Nona served as secretary of the Artists League of Fresno in 1953. She was a member of the Art Prospectors of Fresno in 1964 and her work was shown with that of other members of that group. She was still a member of the Art Prospectors in July 1970 when, along with other members of that group, her work was shown at the Sierra Gallery and in 1971 at another gallery. Sequoia Lake, the subject of this painting is in Kings Canyon National Park in Fresno County, CA. A label on the back of this painting gives the Linneman's Fresno address.
Nona Linneman died on 27 December 1999 in Oroville, Butte County, California. Vincent Linneman died on 18 April 1971 in Fresno.
Marinda V. Pitts was born on 17 May
1892 in Iowa, a daughter of Carl Frederick and Aleulia
Agnese Agnew Huttenlocher. The Huttenlockers were living
in Lee, Polk County, Iowa in 1900 and 1905. Carl was
working as a "solicitor" in 1900. The Huttenlocher family
was living in Pasadena, California in 1910. Aleulia's
parents were living with them. Carl was employed as an
"Agent, Ins and Real Estate". Marinda married John Everett
Pitts about 1915. John was about 25 years older than
Marinda. The Pitts were living in Los Angeles in 1920,
where John was employed as a "salesman, traveling". They
were still living in Los Angeles in 1930 and John was
employed as a "commercial traveler, shoes". John
died in Los Angeles in 1942. Marinda was still living in
Los Angeles in 1952 according to city directories. She was
living in Santa Barbara by 1972.
This painting is in its original, unique frame and the back was sealed when I received it. It was purchased from a Los Angeles art dealer, who purchased it in a local estate sale, so it seems likely this is the proper identification of the artist. I have found no record of Marinda's work as an artist. The complexity and quality of this painting would seem to indicate that Marinda was not a novice artist.
Marinda died on 16 August 1973 in Santa Barbara, California.
Cloyd Jonathan Sweigert was born 20
February 1897 in the Santa Clara Valley, Santa Clara
County, California, a son of George Adams and Jeanette
Macklin North Sweigert. George Sweigert was employed as an
"Orchidist" in the 1910 and 1920 censuses. Cloyd received
an agriculture degree from UC Berkeley in 1918. He later
worked as a farmer, for a time. According to California
voter registration lists, Cloyd had several occupations in
the 1920s including "lumberman", insurance rep., and
cartoonist. He was living at home with his parents in
1930, employed as a "cartoonist, newspaper". Sweigert was
a political cartoonist and artist. He worked for the San
Francisco Examiner and San Francisco News, before working
from 1932 until 1955 for the San Francisco Chronicle. He
married Eleanor Atkinson about 1930.
He received Freedom Foundation
Medals for his editorial cartoon work in 1951 and 1952,
and a Christopher Award in Journalism in 1953. Sweigert is
listed in Who
Was Who in American Art by Falk, Davenports Art
Reference and Price Guide, and California Artists
by Edan Hughes. He is also listed on line on sites like
AskArt. He was a member of the Palo Alto Art Club.
Cloyd J. Sweigert at work
Sweigert's signature on his
watercolor work is very similar to that on his cartoon
work. Sweigert died 20 February 1973 in Palo Alto,
California. His obituary appeared in local newspapers and
in newspapers across the country:
C.J. Sweigert Dies; Political Cartoonist
PALO ALTO - Nationally-known political cartoonist Cloyd Jonathon Sweigert, died in his Palo Alto home today after a long illness. He was 76. Sweigert, a mild-tempered man with a flair for political satire, was a member of a pioneer family whose grandfather was one of the first Santa Clara Sheriffs. A road in the east foothills carries the family name. Sweigert, educated in San Jose school and the University of California at Berkeley and at Davis, was a self-taught artist who began his career with the old San Francisco News.
In 1932 he transferred to the San Francisco Chronicle, where he remained as political cartoonist until 1955.
He was awarded the Freedom Foundation Medal in 1951 and 1952 for outstanding cartoons, and received the Christopher Medal in 1953 for best cartoon of the year.
Sweigert was also an accomplished painter, and his works have been shown at many exhibits throughout the Bay Area. His cartoons are also in the Library of Congress and the Huntington Art Gallery.
One of his cartoons, on the death of Winston Churchill, was widely published in England. He was also a member and past president of the Palo Alto Art Club, and a member of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. He produced a newspaper each spring for the Bohemian Grove activities on Russian River.
In addition to his wife, Eleanor of 1365 Forest Ave., Sweigert also leaves a son, Cloyd Sheridan Sweigert of Palo Alto, and two grandchildren. Services are private. Interment is to be at oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.
San Jose Mercury, February 21, 1973, Wednesday, page 87
SWEIGERT - Palo Alto, Feb. 20, 1973, Mr. Cloyd J. Sweigert, beloved husband of Mrs. Eleanor A. Sweigert of Palo Alto; loving father of Mr. Cloyd S. Sweigert of New York; brother of Jeannette S. Allen of LeGrand. Also survived by two grandchildren, Susan E. and Karen M. Sweigert, both of New York. A native of San Jose. Age 76 years.
Private funeral services were held from Oak Hill Mortuary, 300 Curtner Ave. Private inurnment Oak Hill Memorial Park.
San Jose Mercury, February 22, 1973, Thursday
Ruby Agnew was a San Diego artist
and teacher. I am still researching her. An informative
biography was attached to the back of this painting, but I
am still working on discovering the details of her life.
Kay Bonanno was born in 1935 in New
England, but resides in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
She is a painter in oils and pastels. She is an artist
member of the California Art Club, a Signature Member of
the American Impressionist Society, and an Associate
Member of the Oil Painters of America. "The Potting Shed"
was exhibited by Bonanno in the summer of 2009 at the
COLORtec Salon, Torrence, CA.
I really like Ms. Bonanno's use of
color and the contrast between light and shadow in her
work. This is much more dramatic in some of her work. This
is what made me pause the first time I saw her work on
ebay, where she sells some of her work. Her ebay id is
katherine693. She also has a web site. She is
mentioned in The
Best of Pastel by Constance Flavell Pratt.
Kind of a mystery painter. I asked
the seller of this painting for more information, but all
he knew was that he was a California painter. Many months
later he was still selling works by this artist and
describing him as a Chile/California painter who had
painted California scenes for 30 years. He thought that
the paintings came from the artist's estate sale, but I
learned in 2018 that he is still living, painting and
selling his works at swap meets in Ojai, Ventura and the
vicinity. Another source gives his year and place of birth
as 1948 in Chile.
titled several of his works "Carmel". Maybe he was just
noting the location, but the quotes make me think that it
is the title. I have been unable to any more information
about this artist.
This was an ebay find. The seller
attributed it to a Santa Cruz, CA artist named "Terri
Wells". I searched for information about this artist for
some time, and found nothing, possibly because I read his
last name as "Welles". I recently (July 2016) heard from
someone who is acquainted with the artist, though:
"The artist Terri Welles lives in Santa Cruz and is at the Buttery Bakery every morning drawing. He is now in his 70's. Here is something he did for my friend while in the bakery."
The acquaintance included an image
of the sketch, from which I am showing the signature. It
seems to be very clearly signed "Wells" from the sketch. I
am hoping to hear from the artist in order to add some
biographical and professional information to my site.
His style reminds me of the work of some of the Monterey artists in my collection.
This is the image that is painted
on the back of the signed painting.
was born in Southern California in 1959. He is a largely
self taught plein aire painter and was also a student of
Ovanes Berberian. He is listed in Davenport's Art
Reference and price guide. Joe is also listed on AskArt,
ArtPrice and ArtNet. He is represented by
several galleries and also sells his work on ebay under
the id artclassics. He has belonged to various art
societies in the past, but now tends to walk his own path.
"Sedona", Joseph Aaron,
11" x 14", oil
reflections in this image. I'll try to get a less "shiny"
image, when time permits.
Harriett E. "Trever" Bennett was born 17 July 1914. She may have been the daughter of John Henry and Hilda Amanda Carpenter Trever. It is interesting to note that Hilda's mother's maiden name was also Bennett. John H. Trever was a lawyer in Los Angeles County, California.
Trever Bennett died on 13 April 2005 in Apple Valley, San Bernadino County, California.
Gregory Sumida was born 10
October 1948 in Los Angeles, California, the son of
George and Alice Ishima Sumida. He is a self taught
artist who works in oils, gouache, charcoal, watercolors
and tempera. He has been painting since the late 1960s.
Early in his career he was noted for California
landscapes and figurative work. Later in his career, he
became known for painting native American scenes. His
work is held in several museum collections, including;
the Carnegie Museum, Oakland Art Museum, Palm Springs
Desert Museum, Desert Caballeros Museum, and the Booth
Art Museum. He is mentioned in Who's Who in the
West, Who's Who in America, and Davenports Art
Reference and Price Guide.
appears, from looking at Sumida's more recent works, that
his signature has changed substantially. If the painting
in my collection had not included a lengthy biography and
picture of Sumida, I might have doubted that it is his
work. I opened the painting up in order to determine if it
needed re-framing with acid free materials and made
several interesting discoveries.
First of all, there were a large
number of doodles or practice sketches in blue watercolor.
Next I found that Sumida had signed and dated the back. I
am not sure if this is the date of the painting or the
date of the doodles, or both. I also found that someone
had cut several strips of plexi-glass and glued them
around the edges of the glass, so that the painting would
be suspended and not contact the glass. This required a
lot of effort. I have never seen anything like this
before. The frame and glass are the same size as the
painting and there is no mat, which I suppose explains the
effort to do this. It would have been easier to use a
larger frame and a mat. All of this, put together, makes
me think that this is one of Sumida's very early exhibited
works. I have read that he sold works in his mid-teens,
and he would have been about 19 at the time this work was
painted. His current work is very different. The biography
taped to the back of the painting seems to indicate that
this work was among works exhibited by Sumida in a large
exhibition. There was a catalog for this exhibition, and I
have ordered a copy via inter library loan. It will be
interesting to see if this painting is in the catalog.
Miguel Angel Gomez (Cruz) was born
on 29 December 1906 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He used several
pseudonyms, including Montanola and MA Gomez. His last
name appears in records as both Gomez and Cruz (his
mother's maiden name). I have seen a few claims that
paintings signed "Montanola" are some kind of scam, or
"made in China", but they do in fact appear to be genuine
and created by Miguel Gomez Cruz. All of the paintings
that I have seen which can be attributed to him with
certainty are signed Montanola and dated with the year. I
have seen other images without a date, which appear to be
of a slightly different style. They may be older works, or
by another artist. I found a centennial memorial article
of his birth from a Guayaquil newspaper that confirms his
identity and details of his career. The dates of his birth
and death, and the maiden name of his mother are reported
in the California Death Index, and agree with what is
presented in the newspaper article.
"Castle Village", Montanola, 20" x 24", oil, 1981
Miguel was a painter, illustrator,
and caricaturist. He studied lithography at the Guyayas
Philanthropic Society of Guayaquil. He worked for thirty
six years as a cartoonist for El Universo, a Guayaquil
newspaper, the most prominent newspaper in Ecuador. He
worked as both an editorial and comic strip artist for El
Universo. He created several well known Ecuadorian cartoon
characters, including Juan Pueblo and Saeta and Rafles
(1924). His work in comics and his pseudonym, Montanola,
are mentioned in an Ecuadoran comic blog.
He also created political cartoons and included political
messages in his comic strips. Much of his caricature work
was done under the pseudonym "M. A. Gomez". He enjoyed a
lengthy career as a cartoonist and artist in Ecuador,
exhibiting his artwork at home and in the US. Miguel also
designed a well known Ecuadoran/Mexican ventriloquist's
Roque. He competed in the International Editorial
Cartoon competition in 1960, winning first prize for Latin
America and third place in the International Competition.
His biography notes that he won many prizes for exhibiting
his art, but does not give any specifics. Cruz is not
mentioned in any art reference book that I have access to,
possibly due to his use of a pseudonym. I did find a few
mentions of auctions of his works. I have not been able to
discover when he emigrated to the US, but suspect it was
"Fishermen at Cabo San Lucas", Montanola, 20" x 24", oil, 1983
The paintings in my collection come
from a seller who purchased a collection of 229 of
Montanola's paintings. Accompanying the collection was the
artist's catalog on 3" x 5" cards. I am working with the
seller to find a home for this catalog. I like the style
and richness of Montanola's work. I am not sure if he
exhibited in California while he lived there.
Gomez retired to Burbank,
California, where he died on 9 January 1994. He reportedly
painted hundreds of oil paintings while living in
Patricia "Julie" Halstead was born on 14 August 1952 in
Orange County, California, a daughter of Henry Frederick and
Marjorie Waller Vander Velde. Her parents were artists and
she received her artistic training from them. (Biography in
Willard Elzie "Will" Millikan was
born 31 July 1922 in Murphysboro, Jackson County,
Illinois, a son of Elzie C. and Edith Leota Rolens
Millikan. Elzie and Edith were living in Los Angeles in
1910, having been married for two years. They were living
with Edith's parents. Elzie and his family lived in
Murphysboro, Illinois from about 1913 to 1924, when they
moved back to Los Angeles. Elzie Millikan was employed for
30 years (1924-1954) by, and later an executive with, the
W. P. Fuller Paint Company. He served as president of the
Los Angeles Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club of Huntington
Park, and the Los Angeles Paint Club. The Paint Club was a
professional organization concerned with commercial paint
topics, not an artistic organization. It would appear that
Willard had financial advantages that may have allowed him
to pursue formal artistic training. His work is very
accomplished and suggests formal training. Willard was
married to Carol Johnson on 22 June 1947. I was able to
trace him based on the address information provided on the
back of the painting.
Millikan was a graduate of Occidental College. I do not know what his major was, but suspect it was art related. He worked as an advertising designer until he retired. There do not appear to be any auction records of his work. He did sell his work as shown by one of the labels on my painting. He is not listed in any major art reference source. This painting was entered into the City of Los Angeles 1949 Art Week Exhibition. The label included his name, the title of the painting, price ($65), and Millikan's address (3964 1/2 Marathon St., Los Angeles, 27, Calif.). Another label included what was likely a later address and telephone number, and a shortened title for the painting. This latter address is what allowed me to trace him.
I am still researching this artist. At this point he appears to be one of the legion of forgotten and undocumented California artists of the mid 20th century. His work has much in common with some of the better known California artists of this time. Any additional information about this artist would be appreciated.
Willard Elzie Millikan died on 10 September 2007 in Whittier, CA. Carol J. Millikan died on 16 June 2003 in Whittier, CA.
Leonard Charles Kazor was born 22
July 1917 in St. Clair County, Michigan, a son of Frank
Bernard Kazor and Rose Amanda Seigler. Frank was working
as a "machine hand" in an auto factory in 1920 and as a
farmer in 1930. For some reason, Leonard is not listed
with his family in the 1920 census, but is listed in the
1930 census. His social security number was issued while
he was a resident of Pennsylvania, which seems to have
created some confusion about his birth place.
Identification of Leonard in primary records is made more
difficult by the fact that there was another Leonard
(Arthur) Kazor born in Pennsylvania about the same time.
Leonard reportedly attended the Pasadena Art Institute
from 1949-1951. He was supposedly an architect and artist.
All of this information is unconfirmed. He painted
abstracts, including figural and nude subjects, and some
impressionist works, all of which can be seen from the
variety of paintings by him offered in auctions and on
Leonard Kazor died on 12 February 2000 in Pasadena, California, where he resided for many years.
Benton Francis Scott was born in
West Hollywood, California on June 25, 1907,
to Leon H. and Leone Hudson Scott. Leon Scott was a lumber
salesman. Benton was with his mother and siblings in the
1920 Los Angeles census in the home of his grandparents
John and Mary Hudson. His father was not present, but his
mother gave her marital status as "married". By
1930 Benton was a merchant seaman on the SS President
Jefferson, docked in Seattle, WA. Scott studied at Otis
Art Institute and with Will Foster, and continued his
studies in Paris at the Académies Julian and Chaumiere. He
was known for his post-impressionist and plein-aire
paintings. He lived in Paris during the late-1940's and
early 50's where he exhibited at the Academie Julien and
the Academie de la Chaumier-Montparnasse. The subject of
much of his work, during this period, was focused on very
tranquil, yet very "typical" elements of the Parisian
urban landscape or cityscape.
He was a member of: Painters & Sculptors of LA; Society for Sanity in Art. Exh: LACMA, 1939-45; Society for Sanity in Art, 1943; Santa Barbara Museum, 1944; Woman’s Club (Beverly Hills), 1946; CPLH, 1946; Calif. Art Club, 1946-56; Maxwell Gallery (SF), 1947; Taylor Gallery (LA), 1948; Salon de Independents (Paris), 1948; NAD, 1953; Oakland Art Gallery, 1953; SFMA, 1955.
exhibitions include: Salon des Independent (Paris
1949-50), Nat'l Academy of Design (San Francisco, CA.
1953), Oakland Muni. Art Gallery (Oakland, CA. 1953), and
the San Francisco Museum of Art (1953). He was represented
by the Maxwell Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA. from 1956
into the 1970's. He is mentioned in Who Was Who in
American Art by Falk, Davenports Art Reference and Price
Guide, Artists in California by Hughes, Who's Who in
Benton Scott died in Orange, CA on 22 March 1983.
Mabel Bertha Sevey was born 6
November 1901 in Lodomillo Township, Clayton County, Iowa,
a daughter of Ira Rollen and Bertha Emily Weyant Beyer.
Ira Beyer was a farmer. Mabel was working as a Rural
School Teacher in 1920 in Lodomillo Township. Mabel's
younger sister was also a rural school teacher and
attended the University of Dubuque. It is possible that
Mabel did, too. She married Ray A. Sevey on 16 February
1922 in Lodomillo, Iowa. Ray was working as a farm laborer
on his father's farm in 1920. I have not been able to
locate them in the 1930 census, so they may have been "on
the road" then. I was not been able to locate them again
until 1948, when they were living in Elmonte Precinct of
Los Angeles County. Ray died on 1 June 1957 in Los
Mabel is mentioned for her work as an artist 10 times in the Pasadena Star-News between 1966 and 1974. Mabel was a member of the Mid-Valley Art Association and the Foothills Art Society, for which organization she served on the board of directors. She showed her work at the Foothill Art Society, Monrovia Public Library, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
By 1988, Mabel had relocated to Edgewood, Iowa, where her sister lived. She died there on 22 March 1997.
Fernando Lexington Golsch was born
12 April 1874 at Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky, a son
of Henry Fredrick Bernhardt Golsch and Elizabeth Isabelle
Coffman. His father was a cigar maker and a German
immigrant. By profession, Fernando was an engraver and
draftsman. The first record I have found of his work as an
engraver is in the 1892 Newport and Covington, Kentucky
City Directory. Golsch married Mae Inez Burch on 26
October 1897 in Covington, Kentucky. Fernando was employed
as "wood engraver" in 1900, an "artist, commercial" in
1910, an "artist, engraving company" in 1920. He appears
with his family in the 1910 census of Dayton, Kentucky,
but he received a copyright with the Cincinnati Process
Engraving Co. in that year, too. The Golsch family had
moved from Kentucky to Cincinnati, Ohio by 1917, when
Fernando filled out his WWI draft registration card. His
draft card is a bit hard to decipher, but it appears that
he was living in Cincinnati and working at the YMCA, but
his employer was a "training school" in Chicago, Illinois.
His occupation appears to be "YMCA War Sect.". It may be
that he was teaching engraving at the time, but that is
just a guess. He begins appearing in Los Angeles voter
registration lists in 1924. His occupation was
consistently listed as "artist" in these lists. His
parents and brother were also enumerated in the early
Golsch died on 17 December 1952 in Los Angeles, California.
William Frederick Timmins was born on 23 May 1915, in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Harry Laverne and Pauline Beckford Timmons. Harry Timmins gave his occupation as "Artist, Commercial" in the 1920 census, and as "Artist" in the 1930 census . Harry Timmins is listed in Who Was Who in American Art by Falk, and other art reference books. The Timmins family moved to Forest Hills, Long Island, New York by September 1929, when they returned from a trip to France. They had relocated to Greenwich, Connecticut by 1932, when the family once again returned to the US from France. William F. and Marjorie Vail Timmons returned to the US from a trip to France in 1937. This may have been their honeymoon. They gave their address as 21 NTH Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont, NY.
Label on painting
William Timmins studied at the American Academy of Art, Art Student's League, and Grand Central Art School in New York City. He later lived in Connecticut, from where he traveled to Europe and around the US on painting trips. He retired to the Monterey Peninsula in the mid 1960s, settling in Carmel. Timmins painted in oils and watercolors and also worked as an illustrator. Timmins illustrated the 1959 edition of the Boy Scout Handbook. He also did cover art for Astounding Science Fiction magazine in the 1940s. He was a member of the Society of Western Artists. He was listed in Who's Who in American Art, Who Was Who in American Art by Falk, Davenports Art Reference and Price Guide, and American Artists of Renown 1981-1982, Anne Avery Editor. Timmins exhibited at the Pepper Tree Ranch Invitational, and at galleries in California, Arizona, and Nevada. His art is part of the collections of The House of Four Winds in Monterey, the Longyear Foundation in Boston, Allstate Savings in Salinas, CA, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
William Timmins died on 9 January 1985 in San Francisco, CA. There are references to Marjorie V. Timmins as late as 2009 in Carmel, CA, age 91, which fits with her age as reported on ship passenger lists.
Kee Fung Ng was born in 1941 in
China. He graduated from the Fu-San Art School in Canton
in 1960 and later left to join his family in Hong Kong. He
supported his family there by working as an artist. He
immigrated to the US in 1968, settling in San Francisco.
He worked in a variety of styles, but was most successful
painting realistic oils of Chinese children in every day
life in China. I attended Linux World in San Francisco in
2001 and actually went into his gallery. I did not collect
art at the time, and was just checking out some shops
looking for souvenirs. I purchased this painting in a
thrift shop in Central Illinois in maybe 2004 or 2005. Mr.
Ng has now retired, and his gallery in Chinatown has been
closed. Ng stamped his gallery name and address on the
stretcher, but it is too faint to photograph.
Elmer Frederick Ekeroth was born in
Malden, Massachusetts on 30 August 1918, the only child of
Adolph and Sophia Peterson Ekeroth, Swedish immigrants.
Adolph Ekeroth was a self employed sign painter in 1910,
1920, and 1930. Elmer may have initially learned to paint
by working with his father. Elmer attended the Vesper
George School and School of Practical Art in Boston, and
in Cambridge he attended the Cambridge Center Art School.
I suspect he may have followed in his father's footsteps
and worked as some type of commercial artist before
becoming a fine artist.
Ekeroth left Massachusetts in the late 1950s or early 1960s to move to Monterey County, California. He was a founding member and first president of the Pacific Grove Art Association in 1967. This organization later became known as the Central Coast Art Association. Ekeroth served on the first Board of Directors of the Oakland Art Association. He exhibited at the Oakland Art Association, Alameda County Fair, Monterey County Fair, Pacific Grove Art Association, Pacific Grove Art Center, Central Coast Art Association, and other venues. He was prominent in the Monterey County art scene. He is mentioned in Art and Artists of the Monterey Peninsula by Harbick, Yesterday's Artists on the Monterey Peninsula by Spangenberg, and California Artists by Hughes.
My painting is less colorful and more realistic than most of the work by Ekeroth that I have seen. Some of his oils remind me of the style of California watercolors. Most of his work is just signed "Ekeroth", though the signature of his surname on my painting is very consistent with other examples that I have seen.
Ekeroth died on 11 October 1993 in Monterey, California.
This painting was done by Fredrick
Carroll while he was an inmate of San Quentin State Prison
in California. What information I have regarding him comes
from the Archives Department of the California Department
of Corrections. According to their records he was from the
UK, but I do not know if that means he was a citizen of
the UK or had lived there prior to being incarcerated.
Fredrick W. Carroll was received and processed at San
Quentin on 31 March 1964. His California Department of
Corrections(CDC)# was A83357. He was discharged from San
Quentin on 11 October 1977. No other information was
available regarding him.
I did find the record of another Fredrick W. Carroll who was a prisoner at the Oregon State Penitentiary, and on 12 August 1977, prison records show that drug paraphernalia, a home made smoking pipe was found in his cell. He was not convicted for this infraction, since no drugs were found and it could not be proved that the pipe was for drug use. On 20 June 1978 he filed an appeal for another infraction of the prison rules. The snippet view of his case that I found using Google Books indicates that Carroll forged the signature of a corrections officer on a pass in order to gain access to the prison hospital for an appointment that he was supposed to be at. He was found guilty of forging the signature on the pass, but not of being in an unauthorized location, since had an appointment. This appears to be a coincidence of names, since the artist was still in prison at San Quentin in August 1977.
I've never been attracted to clown
paintings before but was immediately struck by this one
when I saw it. I found it a bit disturbing. After reading
that the artist had painted this while a prisoner at San
Quentin my curiosity was peeked, so I purchased it,
figuring that this would be a bit different than my normal
research opportunities. There is an inscription verso, but
I do not know if it is in Mr. Carroll's hand or not. I
suspect that it is. There is also a price of $17.50
inscribed. The song "Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson
and the Miracles had been released in 1967, the year
before this painting was completed, and I have to wonder
if it did not influence the artist. I purchased this
painting in mid-2009 from a seller who had in turn
purchased it from a professor at Phillips Academy in
Andover, MA. The professor and her husband purchased the
painting in the late 1960s at a benefit auction in San
Francisco that featured San Quentin inmate art. The
professor and her husband were living in San Francisco at
the time. I was able to contact the professor
and she confirmed these facts.
I have found no other mention of Fredrick Carroll and do not know where he received his artistic training or other facts about his work as an artist.
One other work by this artist has surfaced, but it was much cruder than the painting in my collection, and titled "Satan's Children".
Albert Evan Wascher was born in
Germany on 7 October 1896. He came to the US after WWII,
settling in Alameda, California by 1948, where he was
employed as a radio engineer. He was a registered
Republican. He married Angeline Maschio by 1948. Wascher
was a member of the Hayward Art Association, Alameda Art
Association, Diablo Art Association, president of the
Society of Western Artists, and first president of the
Oakland Art Association. He is mentioned several times in
the Oakland Tribune in the early and mid 1960s as an
exhibitor at art shows, for his work as a juror at the
London Square Art Festival, as director of the art
division for the Alameda County Fair, and as a speaker at
the Diablo Art Association. Wascher was apparently very
active in the art scene in Oakland and in Alameda and
Contra Costa Counties, CA. Surprisingly, he is not listed
in any art reference book.
Wascher died on 11 September 1977 in Pebble Beach, Monterey County, California where he and his wife retired. Angeline Wascher died on 17 October 1997 at the age of 103.
Ellis G. Brant was born in Rundvik,
Sweden on 15 June 1893. He emigrated to America with his
family in 1909, settling in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His WWI
draft registration card is dated June 1917. Ellis'
description was given as medium height, medium build,
blond hair, and blue eyes. Brant was married and working
as a painter for the Superior Caulking Company in
Milwaukee at the time. Brant did not serve in the
military. The 1920 census reports his wife's name as M.
Edie, though the other information in the census matches
his known wife, Abbie Clara Dunday. Abbie was born in
Augusta, Wisconsin on 1 September 1893, daughter of Julius
and Clara Roseboom Dunday. Her birthday is also given as 1
November in one record. The Brants had no
biological children but raised an orphaned niece of Ellis'
as their own child. Brant was working as a
self employed building contractor in 1920 and 1930. Ellis
G. Brant and Nicolai B. Nielsen of Milwaukee, WI received
patent #1,390,135 for a "Window Ventilator" on 6 June
1921. He was a naturalized US citizen by 1930.
He has not been located in the 1910 census.
Ellis and Abbie Brant
(photo sent by Ellis to his parents in Sweden)
Ellis and Abbie Brant traveled
outside of the US at least twice. They entered the US at
New Orleans on 6 April 1937 on the British ship "Jamaica
Merchant" from Vera Cruz, Mexico. Their address was given
as 89 Bluemand Road, Mauwotosa, WI. Probably actually
Wauwotosa, which is in Milwaukee County,WI. The
Brants arrived in New York City in late August 1953 as
first class passengers on the Swedish-American Lines ship
"Stockholm". They had departed from Copenhagen, Denmark on
18 August 1953. Their US address was 1970 Turnbull Canyon
Road, Puente, California.
"Catskill Mountains, Ny
state", Ellis Brant, 20" x 16". oil
The earliest mention that I have
found of Brant's work as an artist is in the Wisconsin
Magazine of History, V. 29 1945-46, page 120, "Eighteen
landscapes done in oils by Ellis Brant of Milwaukee were
exhibited during the month of June by the Kenosha
Historical and Art Museum at Kenosha. Mr. Brant has
adopted oil painting as a hobby, and his pictures are
receiving favorable comment". I have found a few examples of
Brant's work on the Internet, and have been contacted by
several others who have also seen or owned numerous
examples of his work. He appears to have been fairly
prolific both in Wisconsin and in California, painting
primarily landscapes. I am including another example of
his work above.
Notation on back of
My painting seems to have been
painted in the plein air mode on a cold June day, as
suggested by the inscription on the back of the painting.
I contacted the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic
Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and
discovered that June 1945 was the fifth coldest month of
June in the 55 years of record keeping, and that the
temperature in the vicinity of Milwaukee on 3 June 1945
was 33 degrees above zero early on that day. This agrees
with the notation made by Brant verso.
Signature from Brant's WWI draft registration
I was also able to use this inscription to prove the identity of Brant as the signature verso is nearly identical to Brant's signature from his WWI draft registration card even though they were created almost 30 years apart. How sweet it is! Judging by the date, it is also possible that my painting was one of those exhibited at the Kenosha Historical and Art Museum.
There is also a faint inscription
on the back of my painting that reads "Fitch", which I
later learned was the name of a California neighbor. It is
possible that the Brants intended the Fitch family to have
this painting after their passing. I was contacted in 2010
by a neighbor who was very close to the Brants in
California and visited the Brant's Wisconsin cabin and
boathouse with her parents in 1948. She considers the
Brants to have been her surrogate grandparents and her
family inherited a couple of dozen of Ellis Brandt's
paintings when Abbie downsized after Ellis' death. My
painting was one of those, and was complemented by a
painting of the Brant's lake cabin, which remains in her
family along with a few others.
I have not been able to determine exactly when the Brant's permanently relocated to California but correspondence with his family indicates that the Brants relocated sometime in the 1940s. I am including him on my California artists page as he was apparently active as an artist longer in that state than in Wisconsin, though he could also easily be identified as a Wisconsin artist as he likely trained there and completed significant work and growth as an artist in that state.
Manufacturer's label from
Where Brant obtained
his training as an artist is not known with certainty,
though it was probably in Milwaukee, or the vicinity.
According to the family, he was a student of Robert Franz
Von Neumann, so he may have attended the Layton School of
Art. It is also not known how long he was active as an
artist or what volume of work he produced. Brant was a
member of the Milwaukee Sketch Club. He is listed in Artists in
California 1786-1940 by Hughes, though I am
fairly certain that he did not paint in California that
early. I was contacted in late 2010 by the son of the
niece that the Brants raised and he knew the Brants well
and was able to fill in a few details about Brant's work
as an artist. Brant knew and painted with Wisconsin
artists Francesco J. Spicuzzo, Henry Morley Fraser Sr. and
Hans John Stoltenberg, well known and documented artists
and was active in the Milwaukee arts community.
Ellis Brant as a young
(photos of Ellis and Abbie courtesy of their great grand neice)
The Brants were close friends with a
Milwaukee couple, Leland and Erna Heth, and I was
contacted by the Heth's niece, Judy Danca, in mid 2009.
Leland "Lee" Heth was a house painter and decorator in
Milwaukee and the vicinity. It is not known if Leland also
worked as a fine artist. Though he and Erna were
childless, Lee drove a truck bearing the words "Leland
Heth and Sons" on the doors. The Heths visited the Brants
in California in the 1950s and took a few minutes of 8mm
film to commemorate the event. This film has been
transferred to DVD and I have a copy which I will
hopefully be able to post somewhere where I can link to it
from this site. Stay tuned.
Ellis G. Brant died on 23 January 1968 in Los Angeles, CA. His last residence was at 91745 Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles. Abbie Brant died on 26 June 1982 in Los Angeles. The Brants are buried in the Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, CA.
Gideon D. Arul Raj was born 2
August 1925 in Kodiakanal, India. He studied art at the
Government School of Arts and Crafts in India. He later
attended art school in Madras, South India, where he
studied the art of watercolor painting. After the end of
WWII he moved to Laguna Beach, CA. In California he
painted and exhibited his watercolors of India and
unnamed, G. D. Arul Raj,
18" x 24", watercolor on artist board
The Walter Foster Company published
a book that described his painting techniques in the
1960s. I have a copy of this book. It is a paperback,31
pages, 11" x 17", with dozens of images of Raj's
watercolors at various stages of completeness. It is
really a "How to paint like Raj" book. The book also
contains samples of the color palette that Raj used. I
think his work is interesting, but he is not well listed,
appearing only in California Watercolors by McClelland and
Raj died in June of 1975.
Laura M. Batt is a native San
Diego, CA artist. She studied art at San Diego Community
College, San Diego Academy of Fine Arts, and San Diego
State University. She has also studied through workshops
and one on one training with well known teachers. She
works in oils, acrylic, etching, and watercolors. This is
one of her fairly early works. She has a web site
and is also included on the web site
of the Coronado Art Association. She is also a member of
the Shorebirds Art Society, and San Diego Watercolor
Gerald "Gerry" Warren Spencer was born 7 August 1923 in Shelly, Idaho, a son of Willis H. and Versailles Y. Graves Krupp Spencer. Willis was working as a cement laborer in Pomona, CA in 1930. Gerald's career as a painter started after his service in WWII.
Gerald Spencer and
Spencer studied at the Chouinard and Jebson Art Institutes. He exhibited widely in Southern California and is said to have won over 400 awards for his paintings between 1945 and 2008. He is mentioned in Edan Hughes "Artists in California, 1786-1940". For an artist who exhibited so long, so much, and won so many awards, it is odd that his is not very well listed. I like the expressive faces and poses of his subjects.
unnamed, Gerald Spencer,
15" x 22", watercolor
I like this one because it
captures the feel of the early 1970s so well in an
understated way, with the woman in a granny dress and
the man with long hair. Green was a big color in the
1960s and 1970s, especially for things like art glass.
Glass of this color dominates the colors of factory art
glass produced during this time. This kind of feels like
a 1970 version of American Gothic to me.
unnamed, Gerald Spencer,
15"x 22", watercolor
This image was painted on the back
of the painting above. It was a nice surprise as the
seller did not mention it. I actually like it better than
the image the seller featured. The main part of the image
is much more narrow than the sheet it is painted on and
properly displaying it would require severely trimming the
painting on the other side. The whole sheet is painted in
a pinkish background, though. Both sides are signed and I
believe were meant to be finished paintings.
This painting is painted on the
reverse of the first painting shown above. Spencer was
apparently thrifty and often painted on both sides of the
sheet of paper. He also often signed both sides as
finished works, like these two. He often practiced on one
or both sides, sometime signing or not signing either
side. Both sides of this work seem to be finished works,
though to frame the painting of the woman would likely
require significantly trimming the other side.
unnamed, Gerald Spencer,
15" x 22", watercolor
I call this one "The Reader". Not
sure if Spencer's work was cataloged and if any of these
paintings were named. This one is painted only
on one side. A seller on ebay offered several
dozen of Spencer's paintings in February and March of
2009, the source for all of these paintings. The seller
also had what he estimated were a third of the 400 awards
that Spencer had won in his lifetime.
Some practice drawings by Spencer
These are examples of Spencer's
unsigned practice works. They are painted on both sides of
a single sheet and not signed, though the man or woman in
the beret fills one whole side and in my opinion could be
considered a finished work. Even Spencer's practice works
were very expressive, filled with emotion and action.
Gerry Spencer died 12 November 2008
in Garden Grove, CA. At the time of his death,
Spencer was a member of the Cypress Art League, Cypress,
CA. His obituary appeared in The Orange County Register:
Spencer, Gerald Warren, born August 7, 1923 in Shelly, Idaho, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Garden Grove on November 12, 2008. After serving honorably in the US Army during World War II, Gerry followed his life long passion for art and enrolled at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited and has won numerous awards over the years, he will be greatly missed by many in the art community. He is survived by his daughter, Gwyn Thek; his son-in-law, Willard Lones; his three granddaughters, Trisha, Sara, Jennifer and two great- granddaughters, Kaley and Keera. A celebration of life memorial will be held in January. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to the American Heart Association.
Spencer also painted in oils and
painted a variety of subjects besides people, but I like
his figurative work the best. His nudes are so natural.
Even though he must have used models, to me there is still
a spontaneity to them. His paintings have so much energy,
too. I did like some of his landscapes very much,
especially the more surreal ones.
Couldn't stop buying these! This is
the first time I had run into Yupo paper. The low cost of
these paintings, along with how much I like them and the
novelty of the Yupo paper was addictive.
This is the only oil painting by
Spencer that I added to my collection. The seller was down
to the bottom of the barrel of the dozens of Spencer's
paintings that he was offering before one came up that I
bid seriously for. I liked the color palette and lighting
in this one. It was one of the very few that was painted
on a canvas, not a board.
Pamela K. Wilhelm is a California
artist who works in several mediums including oils,
watercolors, and acrylic. She uses several techniques
including painting and monotype. She is an art teacher and
received her art education in high school and at Montana
State University. These monotypes were done using a
plexi-glass base which seems to have allowed the artist to
create more detailed images.
She described the top painting as a winter scene featuring red sandstone framing a creek. The other painting is described as a fishing scene with an atmospheric effect evoked by rain drops and fog. Mrs. Wilhelm sells her work on ebay using the id eeps1.
Both prints are deeply pressed into
heavy paper and titled across either the bottom or the
side of the sheet.
Konrad Desmond Klem was born 7
April 1915 in Coronado, San Diego County, CA, the son of
Herbert and Abbie Holt Klem. His parents divorced when he
was a teenager and his father remarried in 1926, moving to
San Francisco. Conrad, as he appeared in the 1920 and 1930
censuses, was living with his mother, sister, and a half
brother in Los Angeles, CA in 1930. He registered as a
Democrat as "Conrad" Klem in Fresno, CA in 1934. Klem
enlisted as a private in the US Army Air Corps on 12
October 1941, giving his name as "Konrad Desmond Klem". He
had attended one year of high school and his occupation
was listed as "unskilled photographic process". Klem
married Alberta Hoover about 1946 in California. She was
seven years his senior. Klem was living in Chula Vista, CA
in 1958. His wife died in San Diego in 1987.
Nothing is known about Klem's training or work as an artist, but an early work is dated 1932 and another 1941. He continued to be active into at least the 1960s in the San Diego County area. He worked mainly in watercolors and gouache, painting landscapes and surreal female nudes. Klem is not mentioned in any major art reference book. Klem may not have exhibited his work.
Klem died on 25 December 1997 in San Diego, CA. A large number of his paintings came onto the market from the estate of a friend several years after Klem's death.
Several watercolors were offered by
a seller in Pennsylvania with claim that they were
purchased together, some signed and some not. These two
are not signed. I suspect they came from an auction
on 23 February 2008 at the Bunte Auction Services in
Elgin, Illinois where two lots of unframed watercolors
attributed to Emma G. Hoffman were sold. Four framed
watercolors by an artist of the same name were sold by the
same auction house on 16 December 2006. The Pennsylvania
seller I purchased these watercolors from was told by the
person who sold them to him that they were by a Southern
California artist named Emma G. Hoffman. That seller was
another art dealer from Chicago, Illinois. I am not
convinced of this attribution but have no proof either
Emma G. Hoffman was a Southern California artist who was active from about 1939 until 1965. She is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, and Southern California Art by Nancy Moure. She used watercolors to paint still lifes, landscapes, and interior scenes. She lived and worked Berkeley, CA for some time but moved to Los Angeles by 1955. She may be the Emma G. Hoffman who was born 3 September 1909 in Arizona and died 10 November 1969 in Los Angeles. The maiden name of this woman was "Martinez" according to the California Death Index.
I really liked the colors and the quiet action of the painting above. It also strongly reminds me of another painting that I love, but could not buy. I liked the painting below, too, for the use of color. They were very inexpensive. I am including these on my "California Artists" page in hopes some one with an interest in California art might recognize this artist's work. Copies of signatures from two signed paintings are included below, Her signature was distinctive. Any information about this artist would be appreciated.
Maurice Silber was born 19 April
1922 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Leiser and Sylvia
Ehrlich Silber, Polish/Jewish immigrants. Maurice was a
painter, illustrator, jewelry designer and model maker,
and businessman. Silber enlisted in the Army Air Corps
during WWII and served 1942-1945. He was active as an
illustrator of military subjects for many years. He
worked for several jewelry companies and operated his
own companies Jewel Arts Inc. in 1947, and Maurice
Silber Inc. in the early 1970s.
He attended the Pratt Institute (1940), Cooper Union (1940-1942), Art Students League (1945), and studied industrial design with Donald Dohner, and also studied watercolor with Ed Whitney, Robert E. Wood, John Pike, and Tom Hill. Silber also attended Queen's College, Empire State College, the State University of New York (1979-1981), and received an MA from New York University in 1984. He was a member of the Salmagundi Club (admissions chairman 1972-1974), Society of Illustrators, National Art League, Artists Equity of New York, Knickerbocker Artists of New York (ANCO award 1977), American Artists Professional League, Artists Fellowship of New York, Art League of Nassau County, Society of Marine Artists, and the San Diego Watercolor Society. He received a patent for the design of chess pieces.
Silber exhibited widely both
nationally and internationally in one man and group shows.
He exhibited at the shows of the societies of which he was
a member, and at galleries, museums, universities, and
even at the American embassy in Costa Rica. His work is
part of the permanent collections of the East Hampton
Historical Society, Marine Museum, Teatro Nacional in
Costa Rica, National Park Service, USAF Art Collection, US
Navy Combat Art Collection, and many others. He won many
prizes including a First Prize and Special award at the
New York World's Fair in 1939.
He is widely listed; Who's Who in American Art (1976-1993), Who Was Who in America, Who's Who in the East (1981-1986), Who's Who in the World (1984-1988), Men of Achievement (1980), Artbibliographies Modern (1973), Artists as Illustrators, Who's Who in American Art, and more. He was featured in the June 1972 edition of "American Artist, The Water Color Page".
Some of his marine watercolors have been reproduced as posters and are still widely available, though he seems largely forgotten as an artist, today. I bought all four of these as a lot for a little over $20 on ebay. All are signed except for the portrait. His background as a illustrator is shown in that all of these paintings are either stamped or noted in his hand that he retained exclusive rights to the images of his work. Silber died on 29 November 1995 in San Diego, CA.
James Glanton was born in 1936 in
Longview, Texas. He was a graduate of the Chouinard
Institute and exhibited in California and Colorado. He was
living in Los Angeles in 1963. This painting was sold by
Sears, Roebuck, and Co. as part of the Vincent Price
Collection. From late 1962 until 1971 it was possible to
purchase fine art, from Picassos to works by lesser known
artists through the Sears catalog and at some stores.
Sears contracted well known actor and fine art expert
Vincent Price to acquire fine art for Sears and lend his
name to the collection. The quality of the works Price
selected was considered to be very good. Over 50,000
pieces of fine art were sold by Sears under the auspices
of the Vincent Price Collection. The history of this
program can be found on Sears' web site
and there is a rare Sears training video
on YouTube showing Vincent Price explaining the collection
to Sears sales folks. Very fun.
I was contacted by a relative of Mr. Glanton in early 2009 and was informed the "Uncle Jimmy" was still living in California and that they would forward my contact information to him. Unfortunately, I never heard from him, though I did send another email to the relative who contacted me but received no response. I was able to locate Mr. Glanton in Contra Costa County, CA, I think, using whitepages.com, but as he apparently does not want contact I did not make the attempt. There are several art societies in the vicinity, so he may have been affiliated with one or more of them.
Philoma Colin Goldsworthy was born
4 April 1895 in Stockton, California the daughter of
William J. and Louise Ann Lonigan Goldsworthy. Ms.
Goldsworthy graduated from Pacific Grove High School in
Pacific Grove, CA in 1914. She was employed by the Stockton Herald in
1915. In 1916 and 1917 she was enrolled at San Jose State
Normal University, where she received her teaching
certificate, and was working as a teacher as early as 1918
when she gave her party affiliation as Republican and
profession as teacher for that year's voter registration
in Santa Clara County. She graduated from the University
of California with an AB degree in 1931 and from Stanford
University with an AM degree in Education in 1948. As
early as 1929 she was Supervisor of Art Education for San
Jose City Schools, which position she held with similar
titles until at least 1961. She authored numerous books
and papers and was a frequent speaker on the topic of art
education in the public schools. Sometime in the early
1960s she retired to the Monterey Peninsula at Pacific
All eight of these watercolors came from a portfolio of her work that was purchased at an estate sale in Monterey, California. They were pretty inexpensive and I really enjoyed researching her and like her work, so I picked up most of the paintings that the seller had. I really like that they are colorful and loose in style, too. Only 3 are signed, though two of those have watercolors on both sides, so I guess you could say 5 out eight are signed. One of the unsigned ones is also painted on both sides. Ms. Goldsworthy was apparently a thrifty woman, though the paintings are done on very heavy watercolor paper. I do not know when she painted any of these watercolors. She did exhibit her work and the Monterey Peninsula Herald art critic on 21 February 1982, mentioned a showing of 17 of her paintings in a local exhibition. One painting in particular, a Carmel mission scene "Call to Worship" was described as almost expressionist and the "undisputed star" of the exhibition.
Goldsworthy was a member of the Monterey Watercolor Society. She is mentioned in Artists in California, 1786-1940 by Hughes and Artists of the American West by Dawdy. Hughes mentions her work as a teacher but not her decades as an educational administrator. She was a founding member of the Pacific Grove Heritage Society and that society awards a scholarship in her name to high school seniors who have exhibited an interest in local history or preservation.
Goldsworthy died on 24 June 1993 in Monterey at the age of 98. She is buried with her mother, who lived to the age of 101, and several of her siblings in the Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA.
The person who sold these paintings
to me lives in Monterrey and the seller noted the estate
that they came from was the estate of a "Miss Gay" of
Monterey. I contacted the Pacific Grove Heritage Society
and they were unable to find any record of Miss Gay. The
paintings may have come from the estate of a relative or
close friend of Ms. Goldsworthy. I am attempting to
confirm whose estate they came from. The seller says the
estate sale was around April of 2008 and the estate was
that of a resident of Pacific Grove. The seller identified
the location of one of the paintings as Lover's Point,
Pacific Grove, CA. I suspect all of these scenes were from
the Pacific Grove or Monterey area.
I wonder if the top painting might
be "Call to worship" that was mentioned in the Monterey
article? Both of these seem a bit different than her other
works, and I might have doubted they were hers if one side
was not signed.
Neither of these was signed.
The top painting is the one that the seller identified
as Lover's Point, Pacific Grove, CA. Note the
similarity of the painting on "side B" to the second
of her paintings that I show at the beginning of her
Goldsworthy, 11.5" x 16", watercolor
one of my favorites, though smaller than the other
paintings. Not sure why she is not better known. She seems
to have had a very long career, though she may not have
exhibited much. I have found only the single reference to
her showing her work. The fact that much of her work is
not signed and that many of her paintings were double
sided leads me to believe that she did not exhibit much or
sell her work. Hopefully more information about her career
as an artist will surface.
Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA June 24, 1993
Philoma C. Goldsworthy, 98, of Pacific Grove, a retired educator, died Thursday at Monterey Convalescent Hospital. Miss Goldsworthy was born April 4, 1895, in Stockton. She was a supervisor of an art education for the San Jose Unified School District, retiring in 1960. Miss Goldsworthy was a member of the First Methodist Church of Pacific Grove, the Woman's Civic Club of Pacific Grove, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, chapter H.T., United Methodist Women, the Alliance on Aging, the Pacific Grove Heritage Society, the Monterey Peninsula Watercolor Society, Meals on Wheels and the Monterey County Retired Teachers Association. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Pacific Grove. Cremation will be at the Little Chapel by-the-Sea, followed by inurnment at El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove. The family suggests that any memorial contributions be sent to the Philoma Goldsworthy Scholarship Fund at Pacific Grove High School, 615 Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove 93950.
Mark M. Junge is a California artist, with over 35 years of experience, who paints with acrylics. He paints primarily desert scenes and calls himself a "desert landscape artist". This painting is not his typical subject matter, which is one reason it caught my eye and was the first of his works that I added to my collection. The two desert landscapes below, also from my collection, are the types of scenes he is best known for. Mark has a web site and a blog site. He also sells some of his smaller, less complicated works on ebay under the id of landscape_artist. I am including an example of his signature from my painting, below. His signature on his more complex work is more intricate and may be viewed on his web site.
Milford Ellison was born 16 September 1909 in Souix City,
Iowa the son of Carl Axel and Julia E. Swan Ellison. His
father was an immigrant from Sweden who worked as a
plasterer between 1910 and 1930. The family moved to San
Diego, CA between 1925 when the family appeared in the
Iowas state census and 1930 when the family appeared in
the California census. In 1932 all three registered as
Republican voters in San Diego. Two daughters, Grace and
Virginia were born in Iowa before 1920.
J. Milford Ellison was a painter, graphic artist, and teacher. Ellison enlisted as a private in the US Army Corps of Engineers during WWII on 21 September 1942 and attained the rank of T/SGT. His enlistment records show that he was married, had attended four years of college, and was a gunsmith by occupation. He was 5' 6" and weighed 205 lbs at the time of his enlistment. He attended several institutions of higher learning including the American Academy of Arts (Chicago), Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Chouinard Art School (Los Angeles), San Diego State University, University of Colorado, University of Southern California, and Mexico City College. I am not sure if he graduated from all of these institutions, but as he was a career educator it seems likely that he held multiple degrees.
Ellison worked as a commercial and freelance artist before becoming a teacher. He taught art classes at San Diego City College and University of California but his career was as Director of the Art Department at Point Loma High School from 1946 until 1969. He was a founding member and first president of the San Diego Watercolor Society in 1969. He also served as president of the La Jolla Art Association and San Diego Artist's Guild. He was a member of the Laguna Beach Art Association and Carmel Art Association. He is listed in numerous major art reference books.
Ellison is buried in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.
The two paintings above came with
an interesting selection of stamps and signatures that I
include below. I have rotated the signatures below to make
them level. Both signatures are at a sharp angle on the
paintings. Ellison typically signed his work at an angle
following some feature in the paintings. In the mission
painting the signature is along the hill at the base of
the two trees in the foreground. In the beach scene it is
in the lower left corner where the rocks meet the sand.
All of his work that I have seen was similarly signed.
Both stamps are on the back of the mission painting. In
the left stamp he apparently used a pencil to mark out his
old address and added the newer stamp.
"The Green Porch", shown below, is the earliest work by Ellison that I have seen. It was created in England in 1944, during his military service. It contained several interesting stamps and the only title that I have seen written on one of his paintings. He very religiously stamped his works, but seems to have seldom titled them, or at least not on the work itself.
"The Green Porch", J. M.
Ellison, 9" x 12", watercolor, England '44
below are the various stamps and inscriptions from his
works in my collection:
Frederick Wilhart Laine was born in
California on 6 June 1923 the son of Finnish parents,
William and Olga Warwari Laine.William was a sail maker in
a shipyard in Los Angeles in 1920. Frederick seems to have
spent most of his life in California. He lived and worked
in San Diego, CA in the 1950s, though he was living with
his mother, brothers Everett and John, and step father
Waino Moudeline in San Francisco in 1930. There was a card
attached to the back of one his paintings that reads
"Frederick W. Laine, Watercolor Artist, San Diego
453-2203". It would seem, then, that Fred worked as a
professional artist but it is not known where he received
Three of the four paintings in my collection were purchased by the previous owner in 1958. All of the work that I have seen by this artist is similar in style and composition. His work has been compared to that of Dorothy Sklar, though I have not seen any of her work that reminds me of Laine's work. His signature is very distinctive, so his work has been easy to identify. Laine is not mentioned in any art reference book in my library, though I did find him listed on one of the on line art web sites.
Laine served as a corporal in the U.S. Army and is buried at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego County, CA. He died in San Diego on 28 August 1992.
Serena Potter is a southern
California artist. She is a painter who works primarily in
oils. Serena received a BA in Fine Arts from the
University of Utah and continued to study at Santa Barbara
City College where she took workshops and life drawing
classes. She is a member of numerous art societies and
guilds. Serena has a web site and a
daily painting blog. Her work is very colorful and serene.
Patrick Dooley is a professional
artist, illustrator, and teacher from Upland, California.
He is largely self taught but also attended the Los
Angeles Art Center School and completed the Famous Art
Center School (FAS) course. Dooley credits the intensive
study of drawing at the FAS with his ability to create
good paintings. He has a web site where
you can find out more about him and see more of his work.
He notes that for him painting is all about how the light
hits his subject. The play of light and shadow is
something that I really appreciate. I'll get a better
image of this painting when time permits.
Robert Jay Uecker was born on 26
April 1929 in Los Angeles, CA, the first child of Fred H.
and Alice J. Regensberg Uecker. Robert Uecker was
awarded a five year scholarship to study art at the
Chouinard Art Institute in the late 1940s. He received
instruction from Rex Brandt, Ed Reep and Pruett Carter. After
completing his studies he taught art, exhibited his
watercolors, and was co-owner of several art supply stores
in the Pasadena area. He was a member of the California
Water Color Society and a Signature Member of Watercolor
West and the National Watercolor Society. I
have found many references to his teaching in the
biographies of other artists. He is mentioned in California
Watercolors 1850-1970,Davenport's Art
Reference and Price Guide, American Artists of
Renown, and Who's Who In American Art. These
works are not typical of the work I have seen by him. Most
of what I have seen has been brightly colored modern art,
scenes that were cluttered with activity, though I have
seen some others similar to mine paintings, too. A
watercolor society, Watercolor West, has named a memorial
award in his honor.
Uecker died on 19 April 2005 in Arcadia, California. I will get a better image of these paintings when time permits.
unnamed, Robert Uecker, 15" x 22", watercolor on paper
unnamed, Robert Uecker, 15" x 22", watercolor on paper
unnamed, Robert Uecker, 15" x 22", watercolor on paper
Henry Gifford Hardy was born 11
April 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Henry W. and
Katherine Bryant Hardy. Hardy studied at the Chicago Art
Institute, Audubon Tyler School, and Harvard University
where he received a law degree. He was a lawyer by
profession and painted in watercolors in his spare time.
Hardy moved to San Francisco in 1937 where he opened a law
practice. He continued to study art under Jade Fon and
Peter Blos. Hardy was member of the East Bay Watercolor
Society and the Society of Western Artists.
Hardy was listed in Who's Who in the West (multiple years), Who Was Who in American Art by Falk, Artists in California 1786-1940 by Hughes, California Watercolors 1850-1970 by McClelland, Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, and other reference books. Hardy died 24 January 1989 in Almeda, California.
One thing that I like about
these paintings is the way Hardy uses little splashes of
red to draw the eye into these scenes. The top painting
actually has some visible pencil lines which Hardy used to
lay out his scene. I am not so crazy about that, but it is
interesting to see some of the mechanics he used to put
the scene together.
Epler Leffler was born 26 January 1932 and is a native of
San Diego, California. She is an artist in aquatint
etchings and watercolors. Mary graduated from San Diego
State University in 1953. She continued her art education
by taking seminars and classes given by other southern
I purchased these paintings from collectors in San Diego and Encinitas, CA, so they did not travel far for the first decades of their lives. When I first saw the image of the painting above my impression was that the brown and orange spots at the top of the painting were foxing or mold, but the previous owner assured me they were not. When the painting arrived at my home I could see that it is actually ink and watercolor. I have not had time to take these paintings out of their frames to photograph them properly and there is a bit of reflection from the glass. I will get better images, when I get a chance.
I have seen a total of four watercolor paintings by this artist. One other was nearly identical to the one above and titled verso "Artichoke #101". It will be interesting to see if there is an inscription on the back of my painting. In addition to other etchings I have also seen a set of six small zinc plate aquatint etchings of famous San Diego, CA buildings by Leffler. This set was together and in identical frames. All were titled, numbered, and signed in pencil by Leffler. There were 150 copies made of each 3" x 3.75" etching. They were titled; "Point Loma Lighthouse", "Sierra Museum, Old Town", "Hotel del Coronado", "California Tower", "Mission de Alcala", and " Balboa Park". All were exceptionally well done. Leffler created her etchings as souvenirs for visitors to San Diego.
She exhibited at four galleries in Coronado, La Jolla, Old Town, and Seaport Village, CA in the 1970-1990s. Mrs. Leffler is still painting.
Loma Lighthouse", Mary Leffler, 3" x 3.75", etching
Brian Blood is a Bay
Area, California artist. His painting captured my
attention the first time I saw his old web site, which has
since been replaced by his new site. I am amazed to
see his new work each time I revisit it. He is mentioned
in "Davenports Art Reference" and records for auctions of
his works appear on most of the Internet auction reference
web sites. Brian is a professor at the Academy of Art
University, San Francisco, CA. "The Locks of Bath" was
featured on a full page of American Artist Magazine in
January 2005. The article in which it appears compares the
landscape work of Brian and his wife, artist Laurie
Kersey. The painting pictures Lock #10, the Wash House
Lock, part of the Kennet and Avon canal system. At the
time of the article this painting was in Brian's private
collection. I prefer working directly with the artist when
purchasing new paintings, if possible, and Brian is very
"Rocks & Surf, Pebble Beach", Brian Blood, 11" x
14", oil on wood panel
From Brian's web site:
"Brian is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of
America, The Northern California Painters Group and the
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. He is an Artist Member
of the California Art Club. Feature articles have been
published in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Artists
Magazine, Coast Magazine and American Artist. His work is
aggressively collected through American Impression
Auctions like Southerby's, Butterfields, Christies and
John Moran. Brian has been recently honored as Outstanding
Alumnus and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters from the Academy of Art University in San
Francisco." The painting above was shown by Brian at the
2007 Plein Aire Invitational, at The Inn at Torrey Pines.
The exhibition stamp is on the back of the painting. Brian
signs his work with the monogram "BB".
"Chateau Jullian", Brian
Blood, 11" x 14", oil
Ken Auster is another
California artist whose work I like very much. He was
known for his surfer and restaurant art. I like his
landscapes most, though. He also sometimes made his own
frames and the gallery where I purchased this one said he
did the one for this painting, which complements it
perfectly. Check out his web site.
I purchased this painting while he was still living. I
really enjoy interacting with the artist when I buy my
paintings, but Ken apparently preferred to deal through
galleries, so purchasing his art was a little impersonal,
though I had a nice experience with the gallery owners and
staff while looking at his work. Ken is mentioned in
Davenport's Art Reference, and is listed on most of the
major web auction sites.
Jean Caroll Byrne was born Genevieve Campagna on 7 December 1934 in Rochester, New York, a daughter of James and Mae Campagna. I inherited this painting from an aunt when she downsized. It was her favorite painting, and it is one of my favorites, as well. My coworkers love this one when I use it for my computer background. My aunt purchased this painting in 1969 at an art festival in Placentia, California, where it won first prize in the Spanish Mission category. It would be quite a bit brighter and more colorful, if cleaned. My aunt was a heavy smoker and when cleaning the frame, I found it to be thickly coated in 35 years of brown residue from cigarette smoke. Lots of documentation accompanied the painting, including the first prize ribbon, receipt, and a brochure about Ms. Caroll. Ms. Caroll had a gallery in Laguna Beach, and exhibited at shows in the Carmel, San Francisco area. She is not listed in any art reference books.
I was contacted by a woman who had a couple of Mrs. Byrne's paintings that were purchased in the 1970s. She also mentioned that at one time several of Ms. Caroll's paintings were hung in the Placentia City Hall. I called the City Hall and talked to the clerk there. The clerk told me that there are no mission or Spanish/Mexican themed paintings hanging there today. They may have been stored.
The receipt that accompanied my painting gives her name as Jean Caroll Byrne, which was her married name. She was married to Donald Byrne. Jean signed her work "Caroll".
From the brochure: "Jean Caroll, showings Laguna Beach, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Carmel, San Francisco. Jean Caroll's recognition as an artist came as young girl in Rochester, N.Y, where she won a scholarship to the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery and received her fundamental training. Studies advanced under prominent artists, absorbing their styles and creating her own individuality monochromatic sepia tones layered on in thin glazes. Her paintings are best described as reminiscent of the old masters with a flair of originality. Settling in California in 1956, she was captivated by our Spanish - Mexican ancestry. Visits to the Missions of the West and many months spent in Mexico and Spain has given her a deep feeling for California's Heritage, and its people. The unusual soft earthen color portrayals of the missions has been well received and won her many awards throughout southern California. To date she is represented in over 200 private collections across the country. The first reproduction of her work came in 1968, when "California Artists" offered her "Christmas Mission" throughout the country as a Christmas card. In part her success is due to her rare ability to project the depth and warmth of the subject with a very limited use of color. This creates a soft untiring painting that blends into the decor of any setting, or period of furnishings. Studio .. 369 No. Coast Hiway, Gallery Row West, Laguna Beach."
A bit more
information about Ms. Caroll came from a 24 March 1969
Kansas City Star newspaper article that was taped to the
back of a Caroll painting owned by someone who contacted
Nixon to have painting he
Clemente, California (AP) - Jean Caroll, painter, was at
work when President Nixon strolled by. Her painting of the
corridors inside San Juan Capistrano mission pleased the
President. Mrs. Caroll offered it as a gift and he
accepted. A 31 year old mother of four, Mrs. Caroll said
she will frame the painting and mail it to Nixon, who
toured the mission on his weekend visit to California.
Jean Caroll Byrne died on 5 October 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her family was Googling for information for her obituary when they found my web site. I had been unable to trace her until that time. Her obituary was sent to me by her son:
Jean Carol Byrne, of Albuquerque, New Mexico died Monday, October 5, 2009 in her home after a year of poor health. Born Genevieve Campagna, of Rochester, NY, December 7, 1934, to James and Mae Campagna.
Jean was a talented artist and businesswoman; she received a scholarship to Rochester Memorial Art Gallery to further her studies in Fine Arts. She went on to sell her oil paintings in galleries and art shows around the United States. She opened an arts and craft store, Hand Made USA with her husband Don, which featured hundreds of artists.
She was an avid fisherman and golfer. She is survived by her children, Mark Byrne and wife Cheryl, Craig Byrne and wife Ethel, Karen Taylor and husband Terry, Donna Greenfield and husband Howard, Daughter in law Tonya Kestering. Grandchildren; Justin, Michael, Chelsea, Taylor, Amanda, Benjamin, Lauren, Jackson, and Ryan.
A viewing will be held at French's Mortuary Monday evening. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 October 13, 2009 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
The information in the Albuquerque Journal was a bit different, so I also include it:
BYRNE -- Jean Caroll Byrne, of Albuquerque, New Mexico died comfortably and peacefully with her family in her home of 30 years, Monday October 5, 2009. Born Genevieve Campagna, of Rochester, NY on December 7, 1934, to James and Mae Campagna, Jean was a talented and cultured artist, as well as businesswomen; she received a scholarship to Rochester Memorial Art Gallery to further her studies in Fine Arts. She went on to sell her oil paintings in galleries and art shows around the United States. She opened an arts and craft store, Hand Made USA with her husband Don, which featured hundreds of artists. She had a huge passion for golfing, enjoyed fishing, and loved to cook her Italian family recipes. She is survived by her children, Mark Byrne and wife Cheryl, Craig Byrne and wife Ethel, Karen Taylor and husband Terry, Donna Greenfield and husband Howard; daughter-in-law Tonya Kersting; grandchildren, Justin and wife Bianca, Michael, Chelsea and husband Taylor H, Taylor B, Amanda, Benjamin, Lauren, Jackson and Ryan; and great-grandson Porter. Jean was preceded in death by her grandson, Matthew. A viewing will be held In Jean's loving memory at French ~ Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd NE, Monday October 12, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum Chapel, 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE, Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 11: 00 a.m.
Roscoe Lloyd Babcock was born in Thayer, Kansas on 14 November 1897. Raised on a farm, Babcock moved to Colorado in 1912 and worked as a cowboy until inducted into the US Army in WWI, where he served as a private. After the war, he attended the School of Mines at Golden, CO and then studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Coming to California in 1920, he settled in Laguna Beach and furthered his art studies with Galen Doss, Thelma Paddock Hope, and Clyde Scott. While employed by the U.S. Postal Service, he painted in his leisure time. He was known as The Painting Postman of Laguna. He retired from the Postal Service in 1960 and devoted himself to full time painting. He was president of the Laguna Beach Museum for three terms. He had several professional one man showings and numerous other professional showings. He specialized in western ranch scenes, desert landscapes, and seascapes. Babcock died in Huntington Beach, CA on 11 June 1981 and he and his wife, Hazel Ethlyn, and son, Lloyd R. Babcock, are buried in Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, CA.
His biography appeared in Who Was Who in American Art, and Jacobsen's Biographical Index of American Artists, the sources for most of the biographical information in this article, and he is mentioned in Davenports' Art Reference and Price Guide, Hughes Artists in California, Artists of the West, and "Artists' Bluebook".
This painting was attributed to
a painter named Katherine Darville by the seller, but
this attribution is weak. Katherine Darville was a
California artist who was active in the 1930s and
1940s. She is listed in Edan Hughes' Artists in
California 1786-1940. She is also mentioned in
Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, but only as
a reference to the mention made by Hughes in his
book. Citations regarding Katherine Darville in
other sources like AskArt and ArtPrice are mostly
based on Hughes, though some cite Davenports. Very
little information is available for this artist. She
was a resident of San Francisco, CA in 1939-40 and she
exhibited her work in Oakland Art Gallery, 1939;
Residence Club (SF) in 1940. She was also a resident
of Los Angeles, CA. No mention of either Katherine or
Kay Darville in California Death Records.
It is possible that Kay Darville and Katherine Darville are one in the same, but this is not proved, IMHO. On the positive side for this identification; Kay is a nickname for Katherine. Kay Darville was active at the same time as Katherine Darville, and the seller of this painting is located in Chula Vista, CA. Another of my lost sheep, though perhaps she is not so lost as most of them.
I bought this on a whim at an auction, the only bidder. I like the colors and the morose expression on this girl's face. I have seen one other work by Darville dated 1944. The subject of that painting was a seated ballerina. The signatures in these two paintings are different in that the signature from my painting is signed in cursive, but in the ballerina painting it is printed in block letters. There are enough similarities between the two dated signatures and paintings to convince me that both were done by the same artist, however.
I bought this little
painting on ebay. The seller was very mysterious
about the artist, claiming that the artist was a
friend, a nationally known artist who was
allowing him to sell some of his works on ebay.
He went on to say that the artist lives in LA
and has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine
and American Art Collector and has held many one
man shows. I had suspected that the seller was
himself painting these in his basement,
and eventually I was able to figure out who the
artist was based on his style and the clues he
provided and his web site. This
was confirmed when the artist absentmindedly
included his name (Logan Maxwell Hagege) and
return address on the shipping label for some of
these paintings, but I am not going to attribute
these works to him as he has not told me that
they are his work. The seller and the artist are
one and the same, in my opinion, as the
description of the artist's background is
accurate except that the artist lives in Van
Nuys, CA. He is an instructor at the Academy of
Figurative Art according to wwww.whitepages.com. I really like this cow
and some of the other works this seller had for
sale were very attractive, too. The artist also
paints a mean rooster.
I picked up this small nude next. I
like the colors, the proportions of the model, and the
sense of motion. This seems to be a very natural action
and the model's nudity is an afterthought.
I liked this little boat
painting, too. All of these paintings capture light
very nicely in a subtle way. I also like how the
artist centers his subject but also uses the
understated backgrounds to set the subject off without
competing with it. I find this to be a very
harmonious and tranquil arrangement. There is still
plenty of detail in each image, though. I also snagged
the floral still life below. The small landscape was a
freebie because the seller was slooooooooow in
shipping the last paintings. All fun stuff, probably
practice and experimental pieces by the artist, but
still nice art. There was one more painting but the
seller misplaced it and ended up refunding my money.