Orville Campbell (1903-1987), Kerr County Spring,1935, oil on canvas, 24 x 30", frame: 29.75 x 35.75"
Orville Campbell began his art studies with Eloise Polk McGill during the early 1920's and later with John Herbert Barnard. He exhibited for the first time at the Witte Museum in 1930 among such artists as Jose Arpa, Peter Lanz Hohnstedt, Harold Roney, Rolla Taylor and others. Campbell lived in San Antonio and later moved his studio to Kerrville, Texas where he remained for the rest of his life. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960's chose one of Orville Campbell's paintings titled "Sinclair Worker" as the best painting at an exhibit at the L.B.J. State Park, which the painting became part of President Johnson's private collection. The exhibit consisted of over 40 of the States top artists including many national known artists. Campbell's mother, Mrs. Alma Campbell, was an artist. His father a gold and silversmith. Orville Campbell exhibited paintings at the International Petroleum Exposition and received a blue ribbon for the best painting on the International level. He was also the art director for several motion picture studios, including Paramount Studios, Lubin Film Company and others.