was born in Camargo, Oklahoma. He
moved to Southern California during the 1920's. There he studied art with F.
Tolles Chamberlin and Millard Sheets.
In the early 1930's, he was a
member of the California Water Color Society and one of the earliest
exponents of the California Style. At this time he painted Southwestern
landscape scenes primarily, working on location. These works were exhibited
in many shows throughout America and were included in the California Group
During World War II, he was an
official US Army war artist and traveled to Burma, India, and China on
assignment. Since that time he has traveled all over the world and painted
many foreign scenes.
Zornes is well known as an art
instructor, particularly in the field of watercolor painting. He has taught
at Pomona College, Otis Art Institute, University of California at Santa
Barbara, Riverside Art Center, and Pasadena School of Fine Arts and in many
watercolor workshops since the 1950's. In addition he painted several murals
for the WPA during the depression and assisted Maynard Dixon on the Santa Fe
mural in Chicago, Illinois. He is a past president of the California Water
Color Society, wrote two books on watercolor painting, and has produced
illustrations for books and magazines.
Zornes' watercolors are represented
in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of
Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Butler Institute of Art, National
Academy of Design, San Diego Museum of Art, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, U.S.
War Department Collection and Library of Congress Collection.
(Biographical information taken in
part from The California Style, McClelland & Last.)