Edward Borein

(1872 - 1945)

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Edward Borein

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...His mastery of this technique [etching] would ultimately set his life's work apart from his peers in American Western art...

Edward J. Borein b. 1872 California d. 1945 Santa Barbara, CA. Raised in San Leandro, a western cow town, he began sketching at the age of 5 and continued drawing as a working cowboy from age 17-19.

Later he became friends with Charlie Russell, Will Rogers and President Teddy Roosevelt. By 1907, leaving his illustration career in San Francisco, he studied etching at the Art Student’s League and opened a studio in New York City.

Never feeling at home in NY, he moved with his wife to Santa Barbara in 1921, where he also had a studio; and taught art at the Santa Barbara School of Art. Borein is highly regarded because he painted and drew what he saw accurately and not romanticized. paraphrased from AskArt