Millard Owen Sheets (1907 – 1989) was born, raised, and educated in Southern California. He was born June 24, 1907 in Pomona, California, and studied at the Chouinard Art Institute (B.A.) and at Otis (M.F.A.), both in Los Angeles. Sheets went on to become a member of the executive committee that ran the local PWAP (first New Deal art project). He was one of the fifteen artists chosen nationally to paint murals in the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
During World War II he was made a war artist in India and Burma for Life magazine. From the late 1930’s until 1955, he headed the art departments at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School. In 1953 he became the Director of the Otis Art Institute. While in this position he created a new official seal for the County of Los Angeles.
For more than 27 years Sheets designed buildings and artistic decoration for the Offices of Home Savings of America branches throughout California, until his death in 1989.
This original watercolor, like many works by Sheets, was inspired by his world travels. The work of art is entitled on the reverse of the painting, ‘Coast Near Galway, Ireland’, signed, Millard Sheets, and dated 1964. The work of art has been well preserved with the colors still as rich and vibrant as the day they were applied to the paper by this talented master watercolor artist.