Edgar A. Payne

Artist Bio

At 14, Edgar Payne knew that he wanted to be an artist. When his father disapproved, he left home, working his way to Chicago as a house, sign, and theatrical scene painter. He did receive some training in Chicago and he did enjoy some success there, but an enthralling visit to California’s Pacific coastline and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1909 set him on a course that would become a career. Three years later, Payne and his wife Elsie would settle in Laguna Beach and California landscapes would provide subjects for a lifetime of paintings.