What a wonderful ink and watercolor of Deception Pass in Anacortes Washington. This painting is signed "Peck '59", painted by Clara Elsene Peck. According to the biography below she was doing watercolor paintings in the 1950's. The artwork is very similar to her artist husbands John Scott William. She has used ink and watercolors to depict this wonderful bridge that spans from one bank to another disappearing into the tree covered mountain side. She has used one windblown pine tree on the left hand side of the painting to give the impression of someone viewing the scene from beside it. Anacortes Washington has been written on the beige matting under the painting on the left hand side. It appears that the backing is original to the last framing which may be original also. Clara Elsene Peck (April 18, 1883 – February 1968) was an American illustrator and painter known for her illustrations of women and children in the early 20th century. Peck received her arts education from the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts and was employed as a magazine illustrator from 1906-1940. Peck's body of work encompasses a wide range, from popular women's magazines and children's books, works of fiction, commercial art for products like Ivory soap, and comic books and watercolor painting later in her career. Peck worked during the "Golden Age of American Illustration" (1880s-1930s) contemporaneous with noted female illustrators Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green and Violet Oakley. Peck's work appeared in exhibitions from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and she received awards from the New York Association of Women Painters and Sculptors in the 1920s. Peck resided in an art colony in Leonia, New Jersey with her collaborator and husband, artist John Scott Williams. In the 1940s, Peck contributed to Catholic comic books distributed to parochial schools. She focused on watercolor painting in the 1950s and her work was exhibited in Europe and the United States. Her most notable illustrations and artwork were published in three books early in her career: Shakespeare's Sweetheart (1905), A Lady of King Arthur's Court (1907), and In the Border Country (1909).
Measures: frame 22" L x 20 1/2" H Visible Image: 14 3/4" L x 12" H
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