Born in Piedmont, California on June 26, 1910. Atkins studied at the Yale School of Fine Arts and with W. P. Robins in England. He lived in Oakland and maintained a studio in San Francisco during the 1930s.
He is best known for his poster of the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. He later was art director at the University of California Extension media center in Berkeley and for films for Boeing, Standard Oil, and others. During his last years he resided in Arnold, Calaveras County, California, where an exhibition of his paintings was held in summer 1990 to mark his 80th birthday. He died in Sacramento, California on December 14, 1990.
Member: Bohemian Club.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Who's Who in American Art
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