Monday, October 27, 2008

Capturing California

William Seltzer Rice was born in Pennsylvania in 1873, the son of a carriage painter. He began painting at a young age and after working as a staff artist for the Philadelphia Times, accepted a job in California as art supervisor for Stockton public schools. He continued to work for various Northern California public schools for many years.

Initially a painter, his exposure to Japanese printmaking at San Francisco's Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915 led to his becoming an accomplished woodblock and linoleum print maker. He eventually authored books on the subject. His works are displayed in the New York Public Lbrary, California State Library, Boston Public Library, the Library of Congress and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

His painting above perfectly captures a California coastal canyon at this time of year. The hillsides are parched after a long dry summer.

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