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 Thelma Gladys Speed Houston  (1914 - 2000)



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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: cityscape, seascape and marine painting

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Thelma Gladys Speed Houston was born in the Bronx, New York City on December 3, 1914.  Thelma Speed was artistically inclined at an early age and studied at the Pratt Institute.  For several years she was a textile designer for Sulka & Company and a colorist for St. Andrews Textile Company. She exhibited at the New York World's Fair in 1939.  By the 1940s she had moved to San Diego County where she painted expressionist watercolors, often of the San Diego cityscape.  She held watercolor workshops for small groups and exhibited locally.  Several trips were made to foreign places, and she spent long periods on Maui in Hawaii. A prolific painter, she painted a watercolor each day for 50 years.  She died in Encinitas, California on December 11, 2000. 

Member:  Laguna Beach Art Ass'n.
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THELMA SPEED HOUSTON (b.1914) Born: Bronx, NY.

Studied: Pratt Institute (New York).
Member: Laguna Beach Art Association.

Thelma Speed Houston was a textile designer for A. Sulka and Company of New York and Paris, and a colorist for St. Andrews Textile Company of New York. By the 1940's she had moved to San Diego County and was producing expressionist watercolors based on San Diego cityscape subjects.

She also spent time on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands and traveled to other parts of the world on painting excusions. In addition, she also taught watercolor painting.

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