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Roy M. Mason
(1886-1972)


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"Fox Hunter"
Watercolor
14 x 18 1/2 inches







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Roy M. Mason was born on March 15, 1886 in Gilbert Mills, New York. A self-taught artist, Mason received his education from an art correspondence course and by working at his fatherís engraving business. He later became the head of the art department for a Philadelphia lithography company while maintaining a painting studio.

By 1916, Mason had settled in Batavia, New York and was producing watercolors for exhibition and sale. Artist Chauncey Ryder, Masonís close friend, provided professional criticism for Masonís artworks. Masonís works began as a small watercolor sketch while out on location and made notes if there were people or animals included within the work. From the sketches, he would then create a larger watercolor painting in his studio. Throughout his career, Mason also produced commercial illustrations for Collierís, True, and Readerís Digest. By the 1930s, Mason began spending more time in California and eventually in 1959 officially moved to La Jolla, California where he stayed for the last twenty years of his life until his death in 1972. Mason is most well known for his depictions of fishing and hunting scenes, but he also created paintings with landscape and coastal subjects.

Member: National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Buffalo Society of Artists, Rochester Art Club, New York Watercolor Club, New Haven Paint and Clay Club.

Exhibited: Buffalo Society of Artists 1928; Rochester Arts Society 1928; Salmagundi Club 1930-31; National Academy of Design 1930; Rochester Memorial Art Gallery 1931; American Watercolor Society 1931, 1956 (Gold Medal); Art Institute of Chicago 1941; Albright Art Gallery 1941, 1943; Audubon Artist 1945; Laguna Beach Art Association 1960-61; LA Country Fair 1961.

Works Held: Reading Public Museum; Art Institute of Chicago; Illinois State Museum; Haggin Museum (Stockton); Toledo Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, University of Iowa.

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.