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Alias:Harold F. Weston
Portrait painterLandscape painter


Harold Weston was a painter, etcher and muralist who chose to work away from other painters to explore his own self expressions and paint "hymns to the endless glory of God."
Harold Weston briefly attended the Art Students League in New York before choosing to live a solitary life in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. There he combined his love of nature with his artistic expression. In 1923 Harold Weston married Faith Borton, and the couple made their home in the Adirondacks.
In the late 1920s Weston spent four years in France, but again returned to the Adirondack Mountains where his art matured and showed the influence of the Depression on the artist.
In 1936 Weston earned a Treasury Art Project commission to paint murals of national recovery efforts for the General Services Administration.
During War World II Harold Weston went to Washington, D.C. where he founded a citizens' organization "Food for People." First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt credits Weston's efforts to the creation of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
In the 1950s and 1960s Weston lobbied for public support of the arts, which led to much arts legislation and eventually the establishment of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in 1965.
Weston continued to paint up until his death in 1972. In the 1960s his work became more abstract yet still based on the natural forms that he studied throughout his life and art.
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