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Milford Zornes

Claremont, CA

"Milford Zornes was born in 1908 in Camargo, Oklahoma. From an early age, he exhibited artistic talent. The drawing at the right, believed to be his sister, was created when Zornes was age 10. The attention to detail is amazing and demonstrated a commitment to his passion for art.

In 1928, 20-year-old Milford Zornes hitchhiked across America, worked on the docks of New York, and after earning his ticket, shipped out to tour Europe. After his return to America in the late 20’s or 30’s, Zornes settled in Los Angeles, studying art with F. Tolles Chamberlin and Millard Sheets.

By 1935, Zornes was receiving awards for his watercolors which he produced for the Public Works of Art Project. He was honored with a one-man show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and one of his watercolors was chosen by the Roosevelts to hang in the White House. He became president of the California Water Color Society."