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Ramona Bowl Fresco

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Catalina, 1998

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Dance in the Park, 2002

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Purana Kila, India, 1943

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Creek in the Valley-1993

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Mexican Beach, 1982

About Milford Zornes

Milford Zornes was recognized as a leader in the California Style watercolor movement which began in the early 1930’s. Zornes’ style differed from the traditional use of watercolors in which color was added to detailed pencil drawings. His work is characterized by the application of transparent washes of color to large sheets of paper, allowing the white to show through and define shapes.

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Zornes’ paintings are represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress Collection. Milford Zornes also created the  New Deal murals for United States Post Offices in his hometown of Claremont, California and in El Campo, Texas.

From the Journal

When I was sixteen or seventeen years old I was in the habit of drawing but I had no thought or intention of becoming an artist. I thought about travel and exploration and I was obsessed by the lure of far away places. The further away and more remote the better.


“I could not claim to have painted great watercolors on location. That would be a matter of opinion. But I am sure that I have painted many of my best ones that way because the adventure of that brief hour or two, entranced by a scene or a dramatic gesture of nature, an effect or mood or form is what I look for…”


When Milford Zornes passed away in 2008 he left behind a wonderful collection of material about his WWII experience in China, Burma and India (CBI). Most importantly he left behind 40 to 50 portraits of soldiers. Researching these soldiers would weave a story of where Milford was in CBI, some of the things he did and the people he interacted with. 

Books On Zornes

Milford Zornes left an extensive legacy of paintings, mentor-ships and workshops. Learn from other artists how Zornes influenced their lives, and find out about the role Pat Zornes played in Milford’s life. Discover how Zornes adjusted to painting and teaching with limited vision due to macular degeneration.

Art For Sale

Are you interested in owning a Milford Zornes original? We have a selection of paintings for sale. 

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