Pastel on paper drawing of desert mountains and cacti, 17" by 23" (24" by 30" framed), signed at lower right in pencil and dated there 1922 by listed southwestern American woman artist BETH MacLAFFERTY BLAKE (1901-1993). This would have been among the earlier works of an artist who was born in Berkeley, California and went on to become a well regarded talent in the Southwest. Blake was a pupil of Perham Nahl, Ray Boynton, Hans Hofmann, Chiura Obata, Karl Neuhaus and Millard Sheets. By the time of the Great Depression she was working on a mural for a government building in El Paso, Texas. Blake worked in lithography (apparently, often, industrial subject matter) and sculpture, as well. She went on to become a member of many art associations and groups, including the Taos Society of Artists, Phoenix Fine Arts Association, National Association of Women Artists, and many others. Blake is listed in the Dictionary of Texas Artists. Found in Maine, this work has survived in good condition, with just a bit of glass contact with the pastel, and there is some light vertical rippling of the paper in the center. The silvery frame has a few small losses as shown.
BETH MACLAFFERTY BLAKE (1901-1993) desert landscape pastel drawing by listed Southwest artist