Tulita (Gertrude) Bennett Davis Westfall
(1889 - 1962)
Tulita (Gertrude) Bennett Davis Westfall was active/lived in California. Tulita Westfall is known for mural painting, drawings, etching.
Born in Monterey, California on Sept. 15, 1889 in the ancestral Boronda Adobe (the oldest adobe in Monterey, built in 1817). After graduating from Monterey High School, Tulita, as she was called, attended the University of California Berkeley, where she majored in fine arts under Pedro Lemos. She later studied at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco under Frank Van Sloun, the Rudolph Schaeffer School, as well as the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles under E. Vysekal and the Art Students League of New York City.
Primarily a watercolorist, during the 1930s she was commissioned by the WPA to make historical records in watercolor of early California jewelry, clothes, and artifacts. At age 20 she mar
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; American Art Annual
1919; Who's Who in American Art
1936-41; Who's Who in California
1942; Monterey Herald, 12-10-1962 (obituary).Nearly 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
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