Born in Columbus, OH on July 9, 1893, Paul Landacre,while a student at Ohio State University, contracted a streptococcus infection which left him crippled for life. Upon graduation in 1916, he relocated to the milder climate of southern California. He soon began his career in a San Diego advertising agency and about 1922 settled in Los Angeles where he remained. Landacre studied at the Otis Art Institute in 1923-26, but he taught himself the demanding art of wood engraving. He soon developed a very individual refined style of fine white lines, delicate cross hatching and flecking in contrast with large dark areas. Inspired by the California landscape, he created sensual interpretations of plant and animal life in increasingly abstract designs. With the exception of a few published prints, the artist printed all of his own wood engravings. He died in 1963 in Los Angeles, CA. Landacre's finest prints are now very rare.
Biographical Source: http://www.catherineburns.com/landacre.html , 2008 and http://www.askart.com/AskART/L/paul_hambleton_landacre/paul_hambleton_landacre.aspx , 2008