Tribute to Joseph Chiles
Ink on steer skull, 21″ x 29″, plus included stand
Joseph Chiles was born in Kentucky in 1810 and came across the plains in 1841 by wagon train. Then he went back east and traveled back and forth in 1843, 1848 and 1853. When he was here in 1844, Joseph applied to the Mexican government for a land grant and was given a tract he named Rancho Catacula. He had large herds of stock in the early days. In 1846 he took part in the Bear Flag Revolt, which led to statehood for California. He was famous for his bear stories, all of which were “true to life”. Joseph Chiles died in 1885.
I like to draw. I have been drawing as long as I can remember. My interests are fantasy people and detailed architectural confections. I schooled at San Jose State, the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and The Art Center in Los Angeles. During my years in L. A., I worked at M. G. M. Studios as a set illustrator, and in 1965 struck out on my own as a freelance designer, doing anything requiring drawing. I did set designs for television and credit designs for films, airplane bulkhead murals for Continental Airlines and murals for airports and department stores. Some of my commissions took me to Buffalo N. Y. for a Hyatt House and Chicago for the film festivals. I did spot illustrations for the London Times and album covers for Blossom Dearie. I hope to draw as long as my eyes and hands permit. Wedding invitations, posters, I welcome them all. If you like what you see, please contact me at my home/studio in Napa. I have an extensive portfolio and a large collection of available prints.