Willard Frederick Elms
(1900 - 1956)
Willard Frederick Elms was active/lived in Arizona. Willard Elms is known for landscape-Indian figures.
Biography Willard Frederick Elms
The following, submitted August 2005, is primarily based on information from Scott Rasmussen, grandson of the artist:
A former art teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago who received his art education there, Willard Elms owned his own studio in Chicago with his main client being the Sears Roebuck catalog. He also was an announcer for WGN radio. He came to Arizona with a well established reputation as a poster and fashion artist.
He settled in Tucson in 1949 and painted numerous landscapes, scenes of San Xavier del Bac Mission at sunset, and Indian genre. He did commission work for the Santa Fe railroad such as a little Indian boy looking for the Santa Fe Chief and others. "I believe that in the Santa Fe railroad museum, some
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