Cady Wells (1904-1950)
Cady Wells was strongly influenced by Andrew Dasburg and other modernists, including John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Raymond Jonson. He was an individualist whose constantly changing and developing style reflected an intense inner search and personal vision.
Born to a wealthy New England family, Wells was trained as a concert pianist. He also studied drawing and brushwork in Japan, however, where the artist developed a lifelong interest in Asian religions and art. In 1931 Wells visited Taos and adopted New Mexico as his home. He decided to devote his life to painting and began studies with Dasburg in Santa Fe. Watercolor was his chosen medium and he began experimenting with abstracted shapes and broad lines of intersecting colors.
Georgia O'Keeffe once wrote that she considered herself and Cady Wells to be the best painters in New Mexico. Over time, her claim has been proven true. His work has been widely exhibited and today is in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Fogg Museum of Art and Hartford's Wadsworth Athenaeum.