Great California Painter Moves On

The Los Angeles Times reports that Milford Zornes, who had a show just last year at age 100, has died.

His paintings of grassy landscapes, rugged shorelines and coastal hills
recall the time in California before freeways and housing developments.
He was one of a group of area watercolorists led by Millard Sheets who
became known as the California Scene Painters. They worked outdoors and
aimed to create a distinctly American style of art.

Would that we all could lead such noble lives! Here’s a painting I especially love of Zornes, called Mojave, from l963. How perfectly his watercolor catches the arid beauty of that landscape.


Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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