Hernando Villa 1945 Big Bear Mule Train mixed media.
Villa was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1881. Villa”s mother was a singer and the father was an artist with a studio on the Plaza. He studied locally with Louise Garden-MacLeod at the School of Art and Design and then after studying in Germany and England, taught two years at the School of Art. By 1906, he was working as a commercial artist in Los Angeles where for forty years, he worked as an illustrator for the Santa Fe Railroad.