Landscape painter. Born in Marianna, Arkansas on April 12, 1893.
Bickerstaff was a self-taught artist except for a brief period at the
Art Institute of Chicago. He led a peripatetic existence before
moving to California in 1922. His early years were spent in San
Diego, Los Angeles, and Van Nuys.
He exhibited often in the latter with Paul Lauritz. A prolific
oil painter of mountain and desert scenes, his landscapes often include
eucalypti as well as rolling hills of California wildflowers.
Occasionally, he painted seascapes, still lifes, and western and Indian
scenes. He was adept at promoting his own work and sold many of
them to decorate hotel lobbies, hospitals, mortuaries, andNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here