John Douglas (Am. 1905-1969), Palo Duro Canyon, pastel on paper 6 x 8 , singed lower right: John Douglas. John Douglas moved to Dallas from Oklahoma in 1914, he trained as an artist under whom some would call the “father of Texas art”, Frank Reaugh. During the 1920’s and 30’s he accompanied Reaugh and his students on his many sketching trips in the Texas panhandle, which is likely when this painting was executed. Douglas went on in later decades to paint in Santa Fe and then at the Art Students League of New York where he was a student of Thomas Hart Benton and Boardman Robinson. Upon his return to Dallas, he worked as a muralist and sculptor for the TX Centennial at Fair Park in 1936. In the 1940’s he opened a gallery and frame shop, where he supported local artists and made custom frames that are a legend in their own right today.