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Watson Cross, Jr. (1918 - 1997)
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Watson Cross, Jr. (1918-1997)

Born: Long Beach, CA

Studied: Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles)

Member: California Water Color Society.

Watson Cross Jr. grew up in Long Beach. He studied with James Patrick, Phil Paradise, Henry Lee McFee and Rico Lebrun in Los Angeles during the 1930s and early 1940s. During this period, he began exhibiting California Style watercolors, which usually depict cityscape subjects. Works from the World War 11 era often include war related activities in Southern California. In the late 1950s and 1960s, his watercolors became abstract and often included figures.

Cross exhibited in many annual museum exhibitions and was president of the California Water Color Society in 1953. He has been an influential art instructor at a number of schools including Chouinard Art Institute, Otis Art Institute and Art Center School.

Watson Cross Jr. biography posted with permission of “California Watercolors 1850-1970” by Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last. Copyright Hillcrest Press, Inc. 2002.