Theme/Style California Scene, figurative art, landscapes
Media Oils, watercolors, sculpture
Artistic Focus A painter of people and community, Elsie Palmer Payne employed her keen observational skills to bring to life the people and places she visited, creating works that captured “the character and ambiance of the people.” Whether painting in downtown Los Angeles, the Southwestern United States, the Sierras, or abroad, Payne's canvases were “adept at capturing local color through the precise rendition of costume and specialty goods that each region is noted for.” Her paintings were praised for their “great sense of solidity… the overall effect is that of richly decorative line…”
• Early in her career, Payne worked most often
in watercolor and gouache.
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