On June 17, 2010, I drove to Garner Valley, CA to check on a little house I own and rent out. The next door neighbor was home, and I stopped to chat. He pulled out a computer printed image of a painting of his cabin done in 1942. He told me it was by Agnes Pelton, who had lived in the cabin.
My jaw dropped. I am an artist, and am familiar with Pelton’s work. I believe her abstract paintings are on par with the best abstract artists of her generation. Last year, The Orange County Museum of Art featured her work in an exhibit along with Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Martin, and Florence Miller Pierce. It is known that Pelton made her living off desert landscapes, but her abstracts are what define her as a true museum-quality fine artist.
I wonder if Pelton knew her next door neighbor. Maybe an artist once lived in my house too.