EDGAR A. PAYNE Biography

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Edgar Payne was born in Washburn,  Missouri on March 1, 1883.  Payne left home at age 14 and found work painting houses, stage sets and signs.  Except for a brief period at the Art Institute of Chicago, Payne remained a self-taught artist.  On his first visit to California in 1909 he spent several months painting scenes ofach before visiting  Catalina Island, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.  In 1918 the Paynes established a home and studio in Laguna Beach where he organized and became the first president of the Laguna Beach Art Association.  He continued painting and exhibiting in Los Angeles and Laguna until 1922 when he took a two year painting trip of Europe.  The next eight years winters were mainly spent in New York City.  The Paynes travelled from coast to coast in the United States until 1932 when they returned to Hollywood.  Payne is internationally renowned for his depictions of the High Sierras, Indians riding through desert canyons, landscapes of the Sierra Nevada and French and Italian boats scenes., as well as authoring a book titled ''Composition of Outdoor Painting'', which is now in its seventh printing, seventh edition and used by artists, teachers and collectors around the world.  He died in Hollywood on April 8, 1947.