The life and work of Tom Lea encompassed many talents and countries, but he is most remembered for his paintings inspired by West Texas subjects—the diverse cultures, the austere desert mountains, and what he once described as "the wonderful, ever-changing light on the structure of the world." Lea studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and, during World War II, traveled with the 1st Marine Division as a reporter for Life magazine. He illustrated books for friends and wrote novels of his own, including The Brave Bulls and The Wonderful Country, both of which became successful Hollywood films. More»

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Tom Lea in his El Paso home following his first wartime tour of duty. Courtesy of the Tom Lea Institute.