A beautiful South Pasadena scene, a stand of eucalyptus in a field. A record of a vanished landscape by a California master.
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At 14 years of age Sam Hyde Harris (1899-1977) was already a successful commercial artist. After moving to California with his family Harris got a job as painter of signs, billboards and hand-lettered show cards in 1906. He developed a reputation for doing excellent commercial work and opened his own commercial art studio by 1914. His commercial art business received a boost in 1920 when he was hired by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company to work on their poster advertising. He was later hired to do artwork Southern Pacific Railways as well. He began studying painting with Hanson Puthuff in 1906, and continued studying throughout much of his life. As early as 1920 he was exhibiting with the California Art Club. He continued exhibiting his paintings for the next fifty plus years including with the Painters and Sculptors of Southern California, the Pacific Advertising Club Association (1929), the San Gabriel Artists Guild, the Laguna Beach Art Association and many other venues. For many years he taught art privately and at the Chouinard Art School. In 1950 until the end of his life in 1977, he lived in Alhambra, where he had purchased Jack Wilkinson Smith’s studio.