Rowena Elkin

(1917-1996) Rowena Caldwell Elkin was a Dallas sculptor known for her large creations made of wood, bronze, copper, heavy rope, and paint.  Elkin received a B.S. degree in visual arts from Texas State College for Women in 1938 before going on to design stage sets for in Houston.  She lived in New York, New Mexico, and Midland before moving […]

Beverly Hopkins

Beverly Hopkins

(1926-2007) This Oregon-born artist is known as a regional painter in the Springfield, Missouri area. Beverly Hopkins graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California and worked as a docent in Pennsylvania before heading to Europe. returning ti the U.S., she became a librarian at the Springfield Art Museum and later taught art at Drury College. […]

Charles Melville Dewey

Charles Melville Dewey

(1849-1937) American Tonalist painter Charles Melville Dewey studied at the National Academy of Design and in Paris under Carolus-Duran. A life-long friend of Albert Pinkham Ryder who, along with Ralph Albert Blakelock, were likely an influence. Four of his landscapes were displayed in the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. His paintings are in the collections of […]

Image: Frederick Ferdinand Schafer, Cypress Point, Monterey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Frederick Ferdinand Schafer

(1839-1927) Born in Germany, Frederick Ferdinand Schafer was born in Braunschweig Frederick Ferdinand Schafer is known for his paintings of California and the Pacific Northwest. With a studio in San Francisco and homes in Alameda and Oakland Schafer spent summers sketching in the Northwest U.S., British Columbia, and Alaska.  A member of the San Francisco Art Association, Schafer’s work is held […]

Emile Albert Gruppé

(1896-1978) Born in Rochester, New York, Emile Albert Gruppé lived his early years in the Netherlands where his father Charles Paul Gruppe painted with the Hague school and worked as a dealer.  He studied in the U.S. at the National Academy and in Paris at the the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In the U.S. he worked primarily from his studio in Gloucester, […]

El Drama, 1939 Carlos Orozco Romero at the Dallas Museum of Art

Carlos Orozco Romero

(1898-1984) Carlos Orozco Romero was a Mexican painter taught by Luis de la Torre and José Sabogal.  Born in Guadalajara but attracted by the muralism movement in Mexico City, Romero relocated, traveled to Madrid on a scholarship and later returned to Guadalajara. He was commissioned to paint several murals, but only one survives. Also known for his work as a […]

Image: Cypress Trees by Arthello Beck (1931-2004) at DFW Airport Terminal D

Arthello Beck

(1941-2004) Born in Dallas, Arthello Beck’s paintings featured children, religion, and human interaction, particularly in the African-American community in the southern regions and is known best for his works from the 1960s dealing with the American Civil Rights Movement. He established the Arthello Beck Gallery in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff, which became a […]

Ben Jorj Harris

(1904-1957) “Ben Jorj Harris” is actually the nom de brosse of the combined talents of Benjamin R. Harris and his wife, Georgette, who joined forces to freelance after both had worked for various design firms. The birth/death years are his. He is erroneously listed as African-American in many online bios. Ben Harris is born and […]

Dawson Dawson-Watson

(1864-1939) Born in London, Dawson studied in Paris before coming to the U.S. in 1893. He lived in several U.S. states and Quebec, Canada before settling in San Antonio in 1926. Dawson-Watson is best known for his paintings of cactus. In 1927, he won the largest cash prize in American Art, the Texas Competitive Wildflower […]