Dwight Clay Holmes (1900-1986), Mexico, 1948, oil on board, 22 x 28", frame: 28.5 x 32.5"
Holmes began his study of art early, in Galveston, his instructor there being W. L. Dodge. He entered TCU in 1918, studying art under Dura Brokaw Cockrell. He soon became student assistant in the Art Department. From 1918 until 1923, when he received his degree at TCU, young Dwight paid all his expenses by means of various types of art. He specialized in painting the beauty of the Davis Mountains and surrounding country in West Texas. He painted landscapes in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Old Mexico. Going abroad, he studied modeling with George Franz of Germany and Miska Lengyel of Austria Hungary. Holmes spent much time painting in the parks of Fort Worth.