This is an unsigned, unframed, double-sided watercolor on heavy watercolor paper, 14 1/2" by 10 1/4", one side featuring a partially nude woman with arms behind her head, a decorative flowered textile of some sort covering the lower portion of her body; the other side features an outdoor amphitheater nighttime performance---perhaps, it has been suggested, the Hollywood Bowl. The vintage piece was acquired from a large collection of art that came from the estate of Brooks Pettus (1918-2003). Though unsigned, more than likely, this is a work of the artist. Not only was it acquired from this large collection, but, the distinctive characteristic of thin edge tape which has been painted on as part of the composition, is seen in other watercolors from the collection which ARE signed. Pettus was a noted western American artist who passed away in 2003 in Kennewick, Washington, leaving behind a large body of work in watercolor and oil that only recently appeared on the market. He 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. The work is in good condition, needing only a frame and mat. See a number of other works by Pettus in my shop.
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