Born in Rushville, IL on Aug. 11, 1900. Esslinger began painting in the 1920s while studying medicine at the University of Illinois. In 1926 he moved to southern California and established a medical practice in San Juan Capistrano. In his leisure he studied painting locally with Vladimir Perfilieff with whom he made painting forays along the coast and into the mountains. In 1943 he moved his residence to Laguna Beach where he remained until his demise on May 20, 1982.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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