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Imagine a man fascinated with the history and cultures of the world, who spoke multiple languages, and who could express his passion in virtually any artistic manner necessary to convey his ideas. Then imagine this gifted man as a loving husband and father, unpretentious in manner and dress, with the laid-back insight and humor of an old friend. This only begins to tell the story of artist Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora (1876-1947).
With a list of abilities as long as a well-thrown reata, Mora served as illustrator, painter, sculptor, printmaker, writer, photographer, architect, pictorial cartographer, cartoonist, and cowboy--all of which enabled him to express his love of Western history. He explored California missions, the natural glories of Yosemite, California's ranch life, and eventually the culture of the Hopi and Navajo in Arizona. During his travels, Mora documented observations that became the source material and inspiration for much of his later artwork.
An essential addition to any collection of Western art and Americana, The Life and Times of Jo Mora provides an in-depth and engaging portrait of this gifted illustrator, painter, writer, cartographer, and sculptor.
About the Author
Living a life engrossed in the visual arts has allowed author Peter Hiller to express his creativity through his own art, and to share that experience with students during a teaching career of almost forty years. His discovery of the world of Jo Mora opened new doors of interest as he endeavored to uncover Mora's seemingly endless creative abilities and accomplishments. This biography is the culmination of more than twenty-five years of striving to understand and appreciate this important artist. Since 1981, Hiller has been fortunate to live on the Monterey Peninsula with his wife of almost forty years. He is the proud father of two grown sons.