Mortimer Wilson Jr.
Mortimer Wilson Jr. was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was fifteen when he began his formal artistic training as a summer student at the Arts Students League of New York city. At the age of eighteen, he became a full time student and spent the next five years in studio with George Bridgman and Frank DuMond, his drawing and painting instructors. Like many artists before him, Wilson joined the ranks of publishing where he enjoyed a highly successful career as an illustrative artist. His work appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and the Saturday Evening Post. At the height of his career, Wilson was stuck down by an eye disorder which forced him to retire.
In 1957 Mortimer, his wife, Jean, and their daughter settled in Tubac. When his vision was restored by what he called “a gift from the Almighty” he launched a second career as a serious easel painter. His oil paintings of still lifes, portraits and romantic history are all highly prized. Mortimer’s art works are on permanent display in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, El Paso Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art and numerous private and Corporate collections. Wilson has been listed in The Illustrator in American, Who’s Who in American Art, Artists of America, National Academy of Western Art and many other publications. In all his work he presented a special vision and feeling made all the more significant by his personal journey from darkness into light.
Mortimer was a charter member of the Santa Cruz Valley Art Association (Tubac Center of the Arts) and served two years as the President of the Association in 1965 and 1967. He later moved to El Paso where he continued to paint.
Image: Mortimer Wilson, “Still Life” Gift of Lorraine Mitchell Halvorsen.
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