(1907 - 2001)
Tom Lea was active/lived in Texas. Tom Lea is known for illustration, cattle ranching scene painting, mural.
Biography Tom Lea
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Tom Lea was a painter, illustrator,
muralist, teacher, writer and commercial artist. Many of his
paintings depicted scenes from Texas, although his career ranged beyond
his home state.
During his youth, he spent many summers working
on ranches in both Texas and New Mexico. At age seventeen he enrolled
in the Art Institute of Chicago, and from 1926 to 1933, worked there as
a mural assistant to John Warner Norton, a noted muralist. From
this job, he earned money to travel and study in Italy for a
year. Returning, he moved to Santa Fe, and from 1933 to 1935 he
worked part time on the staff of the Laboratory of Anthropology.
1936, his first wife died, and Lea retur
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