Born in Alton, New York, Cyrus Baldridge became a noted illustrator, set designer, and painter of Southwestern desert and mountain landscapes.During his childhood, his family moved frequently, but he received art training from age ten, first studying with famous newspaper illustrator Frank Holme. He earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago in 1911, and then took a number of jobs including cow puncher. During World War I, he was a field artist. Following that, he sketched in China, doing commissions for "Scribner's Magazine."In the 1920s, he and his wife traveled widely including to the Far East, Afghanistan, Persia, and Africa, and these cultures became the subjects of many of his illustrations. In 1926, he first visited New Mexico and stayed at the San Juan Pueblo because of the arrangements made by a friend. From that time, he frequently returned to the SouthwestAfter 1932, he lived in the United States and continued to illustrate books, and also designed stage sets and wrote his autobiography. During the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, he incorporated Southwestern subjects as themes, and in 1952 settled permanently in Santa Fe, where he worked for two decades painting the landscape in oil and watercolor.