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Artwork by Milford Zornes

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About the Artist

Born in 1909, Milford Zornes grew up in Oklahoma, Idaho and California. At age twenty he hitch-hiked to New York, where he worked on the docks. He traveled briefly in Europe, before returning to Los Angeles in 1930 to study at the Otis Art Institute. In addition, he studied watercolor painting under Millard Sheets at Scripps College. In the mid-thirties he participated in the federal WPA art project, which resulted in the selection of one of his watercolors to hang in the Roosevelt White House. Zornes received much publicity and became a nationally recognized artist. Milford Zornes was drafted by the United States Army and was assigned to be an official war artist in the China, India, Burma theatre during World War II. The work he painted in these locations countries became part of the War Department art collection housed at the Pentagon. After the war he returned to California, his home base from which he traveled and painted throughout the continental U.S. and Alaska. along with a series of trips to Greenland. Zornes taught at Otis Art Institute, Pomona College, UC Santa Barbara and the Pasadena School of Fine Arts. He eventually began teaching watercolor workshops nationally. He has traveled to nearly every country. He authored a book about his art and travels in Nicaragua. co-authored an auto-biography in 1991. Milford Zornes is a member of the National Academy of Design. the American Watercolor Society and the California Water Color Society