Waldo S. Chase
Born in Seattle, Washington, he was a painter/printmaker along with brother Wendell Corwin Chase, and is known today for his color woodcuts depicting Northwest and Western landscapes.
The Chase brothers claimed to have been self taught using Frank Morley Fletcher’s book Woodblock Printmaking by the Japanese Method, 1916. However, they did receive instruction from the noted Japanese woodblock printer Kazuo Yamagishi, who visited Seattle in 1927 and offered a class to regional artists.
The brothers designed and built their own tepees where they worked and lived in various locations in western Washington.
Their print production began in the 1920’s and continued into the 1940’s but continued painting even later. They were also part of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) in Washington State. Waldo was Artist in Residence for the Waldport, and Cascade Locks, Oregon Civilian Public Service camps. These camps were set up to offer alternative service for conscientious objectors during World War II.