Gerard Curtis Delano
Delano was born in Marion, Massachusetts. He served in the US Navy in the First World War, then worked on a ranch in Colorado, before moving to New York City to study art. For many years he lived and painted in Denver, Colorado and Summit County, Colorado.
In his early artistic years, Delano:
- Illustrated magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Collier's Weekly and Western Stories
- Painted scenes for calendar companies
- Drew comic illustrations for magazines both in the USA, such as Life and Puck, as well as Punch in Britain.
The saguaro cactus as a symbol of the West
In 1940, Delano painted Navajo Shepherdess, placed in Monument Valley. In it he placed a saguaro cactus, although it was well outside the naturally occurring area for this plant. It is believed to be the first illustrative use of the plant to symbolize the American West, which has become almost ubiquitous.
- Bowman, Richard G., 1990. Walking With Beauty: The Art and Life of Gerard Curtis Delano. Niwot, Colo.: University Press of Colorado. ISBN 0-9625410-0-1