13. Blue Ships, c. 1936
Watercolor on paper, 14 x 21 inches (unframed sheet), 24 x 30 inches (framed), signed and dated lower right
About the Artist
Born in 1909, Tom E. Lewis studied architecture at the University of Southern California. Beyond that training, Lewis was largely self-taught as an artist. He began watercolor painting during the late 1920s and focused on scenes of California. Lewis was an active organizer of the arts and exhibitor and aided the formation of the Progressive Painters of Southern California. Prior to World War II, the Treasury Section of Fine Arts awarded two commissions to Lewis, the first completed in 1938 for the Hayward California Post Office and the second completed in 1941 for the El Dorado County California District Attorney’s Office. Lewis is listed in Who Was Who in American Art and other standard references.