Charles W. Thwaites

Milwaukee 1904 — 2002 La Residencia, New Mexico

Thwaites’s work evolved dramatically over a seven-decade career, but his commitment to Realism remained steadfast during the 1930s–40s. He worked for the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in Milwaukee in 1933–34, and painted four WPA murals for post offices: one in Chilton, Wisconsin; one in Plymouth, Wisconsin; and two others in Michigan and Minnesota. He relocated to the American Southwest and made his reputation as a watercolor and oil painter first in Taos, New Mexico in the 1940s and then in Santa Fe in the 1960s.