Born in New York City on Jan. 9, 1896. Raised in an artistic milieu, DeForest was a pupil of his father. After graduation from Williams College in Massachusetts, then UC Berkeley, he moved to Santa Barbara in 1917 and was a prominent landscape architect there until his death on March 30, 1949. His horticulture paintings and small landscapes of the Baja peninsula and southern California were done prior to 1927. He signed them "L de F, Jr".
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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