Brooks Pettus (1918-2003) was a noted western American artist who passed away in Kennewick, Washington, leaving behind a large body of work in watercolor and oil that only recently appeared on the market. Pettus earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, and spent time in Albuquerque and Taos in the early 1940's. New Mexico's artistically inspiring landscape stimulated Pettus' aesthetic sense as it has for countless others. Even though he became a professional engineer, moving to California and the Midwest, and ultimately working for the Washington Public Power Supply System, Pettus never lost his interest in creating fine art. In 2017, after the death of his beloved wife Elna, an estate sale was held at the family home in Kennewick. At this sale, hundreds of watercolors, and some oil paintings, were sold to the public. While passing through the area, I was fortunate enough to have been able to acquire a handful of the works that had been purchased by a local dealer at that notable sale, which was written up in advance in the local newspaper. This unframed oil on Masonite landscape painting of southwestern mountains is one of the pieces I purchased. It measures 13" by 30", and is signed at lower right by the artist and dated there 1964. There is some unfortunate damage at far left---some sticky soiling and moisture that have combined to degrade the roughly left quarter of the painting, and the panel is slightly bowed---but well worth having restored. The work reminds of that of California artist Conrad Buff. See a number of other works by Pettus in my shop.
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