Rollin Pickford Biography

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Rollin Alphonse Pickford Jr. (1912-2010) Born in Fresno, CA on May 23, 1912. Pickford was educated at Fresno State College and Stanford University. He later studied watercolor techniques with Alexander Nepote. His early works include stylized depictions of the farmlands near his home in Fresno and coastal scenes of the Monterey Peninsula. Since the 1950s he has worked in Abstract, Expressionist, and Impressionist styles. He has produced more than 12,000 watercolors as well as hundreds of oils and figure drawings. During his career he worked as a commercial illustrator and taught art at Fresno State College during 1948-62. Rollin Alphonse Pickford died in Fresno, CA on September 26, 2010. 

 Member: Laguna Beach AA; Calif. WC Society; Laguna Beach AA; West Coast WC Society. 

Exh: Calif. State Univ. (Fresno), 1948, 1953; WC USA, 1962 (1st prize); Monterey Peninsula Museum, 1978; Fresno Museum, 1962, 1963, 1989 (retrospective). 

Works Held: Springfield (MO) Museum; Fresno Museum; Monterey Peninsula Museum; Ford Motor Co.


Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940" 

California Watercolor