George Gibson (1904-2001) was one of the great scene painters of his time. In 2000, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Watercolor Society to which he was awarded membership in 1947. As head of the scenic department at MGM Studios for 35 years, he created the sets for movies including The Wizard of Oz and An American in Paris. In the mid 1970s, Mr, Gibson began to visit the Central Coast and eventually relocated from Los Angeles to Los Osos. Mr. Gibson fully embraced the quieter, more rural lifestyle—seizing the opportunity to paint the landscape and his weekly life drawing classes.
This charcoal drawing was a gift from the artist to Wilda Rosene who donated it to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in 2014.