Ila McAfee (American 1897-1995) Ila McAfee was born and raised near Gunnison, Colorado, in 1897. Ila grew up on her family's ranch spending much of her time riding horses. She rode her horse to school and became well acquainted with the animals. She graduated from Gunnison High School in 1916 and continued her art education in Los Angeles at the West Lake School of Art as well as the Haz Art School. Later she returned to Colorado and enrolled in Western State College in Gunnison. In 1920, after graduating from Western State, she went on to the Art Institute of Chicago. There, McAfee studied under Loredo Taft, a noted sculptor, and muralist James McBurney serving as assistant to McBurney until 1924. During 1925 and 1926 Ila studied in New York at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. In 1926 she married Elmer Page Turner. Turner, whom she had met at McBurney's studio, was also an artist and was native to Wyoming. The couple first went to Taos, NM, the famous art colony, when on their honeymoon and then settled there in 1928. In 1929 they built the White Horse Studio. McAfee resided and painted there until 1993, when she moved to Pueblo, Colorado. Ila McAfee became well known for her pueblo paintings, her depictions of horses and other animals, landscapes, and Native Americans. In addition to her paintings which are represented in numerous public and private collections, Ila's murals were placed in the post offices of Clifton, TX, Cordell and Edmond, OK and Gunnison, CO, as well as in the public library of Greeley, CO. She was a particular friend of the noted Western art collector, Lutcher Stark and painted fifteen portraits of Lutcher's longhorns at 'Shangri-La.' She also received every award that could be won at the New Mexico State Fair professional juried show.
This painting by the well-listed artist Ila McAfee is a wonderful example of her work and was acquired from a relative of the artist. I was told she may have painted it before her husband Elmer Turner passed away in 1966. "Down Mexico Way" is an oil on canvas signed lower center "Ila McAfee". Written on the back is "Down Mexico Way by Ila McAfee" (photos). McAfee made the cacti and burros in the foreground the focus of this painting, with the magnificent mountains and a stormy sky in the background. The painting and frame are in excellent condition. The painting (without the frame) measures approx. 18"H x 22" W. NOTE: The Standard Flat Rate Shipping Service Quoted is for FedEx Ground(4 business days) From NY to the west coast including Insurance. . The Expedited Flat Rate Shipping Service Quoted is for FedEx 2Day From NY to the west coast including Insurance. Please contact us with any questions.