Sunday, June 14, 2009

Vernon Witham at Home with His Paintings


Photo of Vernon Witham Copyright Art of Santa Fe, 2009


"My art is about the converging of inner and outer worlds." Originally from Oregon and born in 1925, Vernon Witham currently has a home and studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Living in the Northwest and southwest combined exerts an underlying influence on much of Witham's painting. While stationed at Fort Bliss, El Paso Texas, Witham began collecting colonial Mexican Paintings and Santos. After his release from the army in 1946, he went directly to Mexico City where he painted for that year and then returned to Oregon to continue his art education. Witham studied at the University of Oregon and San Francisco School of Fine Arts. While at the University of Oregon ideas about "structured systems" and color led Witham to the Cubists style of painting.
~~Strong Publishing


Editor's Note: Vernon Witham painted all but one of the works in the movie, "Surviving Picasso". James Ivory did the other one.

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