Horses in a Landscape
21.15" x 29.15"
Framed: 32" x 39"
Works on Paper, Watercolor on paper
Signed and dated at lower left
Sheets worked in both oils and watercolor, but because he was constantly traveling, he preferred to paint plein-air with watercolor because of its portability and its quick drying, easy to work with nature. The early paintings that he produced for the California Water Color Society are impressionistic with bold brushstrokes and reminiscent of Clarence Hinkle’s work. After 1931, his style became his own, with more defined lines and abstract forms with a focus on the California landscape. His landscapes convey movement and rhythm and are imbued with Sheets’ love of the land. His brushstrokes are long and fluid and his color choices dramatic.

About the Artist
(1907 - 1989)
Millard Sheets was a native California artist and grew up in the Pomona Valley near Los Angeles. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute and studied with F. Tolles Chamberlin and Clarence Hinkle. While still a teenager, his watercolors were accepted for exhibition in the annual California Water Color Society shows and by nineteen years of age, he was elected into membership. At twenty, even before he graduated from Chouinard, they hired him to teach watercolor painting while completing other aspects of his art education.

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