|Roy Clarkson Colman |
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"A Morning Tide"
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
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A painter and muralist, Roy Clarkson Colman was born in Elgin, Illinois on January 27, 1884. Artistically inclined at an early age, Coleman moved to Chicago when he was 16 and began his art studies with L.H. Yarwood. The years 1903-11 were spent in Dallas, Texas where he painted scenes along the Gulf of Mexico and a series of the old Indian Forts of West Texas. In 1911 he left for a two-year stay in Paris for further study with Jean Paul Laurens and at the Academies Julian and Grand Chaumiere. Returning to the United States he settled in Southern California in 1913 where he was active in Pasadena and La Jolla, and served as Director of the Santa Ana Art Academy. About 1920 he bought beachfront property in Laguna Beach where he built a home and studio. During 1928 he lived on the Monterey Peninsula and was active with the Carmel Art Association. Colman died in San Diego on November 29, 1945. Although he painted landscapes, he is best known for his coastal and marines.
Member: California Art Club; San Diego Art Guild; Laguna Beach Art Association (founding member)
Works held: Santa Monica Women’s Club; Santa Ana Jr. High School (murals); La Jolla Yacht Club; Bowers Museum (Santa Ana); Orange Co. (CA) Museum.