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20 x 28 inches
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Bill Procter was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts on June 24, 1901. Infatuated with the Wild West, Procter began drawing horses, cowboys and Indians as a small child. His family moved to Oak Park, Illinois in 1908. Here, he began his art studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the age of 17, he went west to the Little Big Horn basin in Wyoming. He studied mining engineering at Stanford University and then worked for the Federal Government at the Grand Canyon. After his move to Pasadena in 1920, he worked as a commercial artist and studied at Chouinard and Otis Art Institute under Chamberlin and Lawrence Murphy. In the late 1920s, he moved to New York and studied art with Harvey Dunn and Pruett Carter. Procter worked as an art director there at an advertising agency for five years. In the 1930s, he worked as a mining engineer throughout the West while painting desert and western scenes for leisure. In 1938, Procter married and settled in Southern California. Summers were spent in Corona del Mar and winters in Palm Springs until his death on July 2, 1980.
Member: Pasadena Art Association; Palm Springs Art Association; Ebell Club, Los Angeles; Laguna Beach Art Association; Hudson Valley Art Association, New York.
Exhibited: National Academy of Western Art, 1973; Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, 1974 (solo).
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.