|Emerson Lewis, Gray Dunes and Desert Verbena|
Born in Hutchinson KS, Lewis' family moved to Grand Rapids MI, where he attended high school. After that, he studied art at Northwestern University in Evanston IL. Following his wartime service, he studied art for three years in France (at the Sorbonne) and in Italy (in Rome, Milan and Florence). Returning to the US, he studied briefly with Boston-area artist Alexander Robinson, as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1924, he moved to California (Los Angeles initially, then San Francisco, then Santa Ana), where he remained for the rest of his life. He died in 1958.
|Emerson Lewis news photo (1942)|