George Demont Otis,
American Impressionist

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A Short Autobiography

George Demont Otis—Born September 21, 1879, in Memphis, Tennessee, of Scottish parents. A national exhibitor with representation in over 65 private collections — 7 national and 3 foreign galleries.

Won 21 prizes in my lifetime to date; in 50 years of painting, from various gallery shows in the United States—First national gallery was the Hackley Gallery of Muskegon, Michigan (1915). Started my study as a student at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts (age 15) then the Chicago Art Institute, Art Students League, Cooper Institute, Philadelphia Academy, Woodstock School of Painting, John F. Carlson for Landscape, Izra Winters and Wellington Reynolds for figure, Robert Henri, for still life, Walter Chute Studio, Chicago, Fursman Studio, Cape Cod Colony of Artists, and others in private classes.

Traveled and painted in 38 American States and some in old Mexico. Murals and art work for the State of California, Department of Natural Resources for a number of years, Redwood Empire Building in California (World) Fair in 1939 and 1940—also Denver Rio Grande Railroad murals in Recreation Building.

Taught art for thirty years, private instruction for beginner or advanced, and have some 500 or more students in America who have made a profession that turned from hobby. Classes in Chicago, New York, Desplains, Ill., New Jersey, Texas, Los Angeles, Glendale, San Francisco, and Kentfield in California. Discontinued teaching in 1939—but never gave up helping anyone who came or comes to my door for assistance.

Painted many years in the Indian Reservations—learning the people, language, moral code of ethics. I have for posterity a collection of watercolors, which I use in lectures for clubs etc., (Arizona and New Mexico). Lectured for a long period of time for Mary MacDowell Foundation Clubs in various states.

My mediums are oils, watercolors, gouaches, opaques, etchings, dry points, pastels, wood blocks, and wood carving.

Have always had my own studio and gallery. Early member of Palette and Chisel Club of Chicago; Brush and Pen Club, Chicago; Kit Kat Club, New York; Beach Combers, N.Y.; Art Students League, Chicago and New York; Salamagundi Club and Cape Cod Colony of Artists. By my suggestion in Chicago “Friends of American Art” became a reality through Mrs. Josephine Logan—American Society of Artists, Chicago Society of Western Artists and Western Art Academy Foundation Gallery Studio in Marin County, California, where the walls contain some forty or more paintings—maintaining an open house to all.

Some 25 years ago in my life I found by observation of others who were successful, that to achieve greatness or stability or balance one had to go only one inch beyond mediocrity, but that one inch is so hard to go that only those who became aware of God can make the grade, for no one can ever hope to achieve that one inch alone. Upon advice of others and desires of my own I studied various religions. Just a short study of the Bible proved to me that there was a power unseen and unheard, that directed all.

So to improve learning I studied applied psychology at the University of Southern California that I use today to help others, and to guide myself. The knowledge was priceless. I learned to cross the threshold of my studio with reverence, as though I were entering a shrine set apart for me. This same reverence accompanies me at all times where I contact any part of nature that seems suited for that days work. Again this same love of people and reverence assists me in the help that is asked by those who seek what I can give.

There are five things in life that we all possess and should be in every thinking mind. They are humility, reverence, inspiration, deep purpose, and joy. They combine to make you just as great as you will make use of them.

Go alone into a vast forest, alone on the desert wastelands—far enough where no human voice is heard or noises may be evident. Sit down an hour or so. Think, see the millions of thoughts that will come, do not question their source, commune with that unseen power. Ideas will arise, inspirations will multiply one after one a new world opens its portals to thought. See the myriads of growth, see how little you know by name, and how the flowers all face the sunlight and the blue heaven, and like we, they are here today and gone tomorrow. But the radiance of singular beauty will never leave that receptive mind, but will return time and time again in parables of comparative joy, reverence, inspiration, humility, and purpose. Therein lies the work of God alone, with his greatest admirer, you, to behold.

Let us not fail, but go onward and upward, and endeavor to leave behind us deeds, works and actions that those who follow can take as comparative examples, for they will, by this lesson, improve on our best. Let's all be bound by that beautiful bond of friendship and servitude. I thank you.

George Demont Otis, Feb., 1948

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