Oil on canvasboard landscape of Southern California including distant oil derricks, 12" by 16", unframed, not signed on front but on back signed and with artist address at the time in Sunland, CA, a Los Angeles suburb. The forest of oil wells could be in a place like Signal Hill, or Long Beach, near Huntington Beach, or, any number of other points in Southern California or the southern Central Valley west of Bakersfield. This is a work by the talented wife of another talented artist, Roy Brooks Pettus (1918-2003). I acquired recently a number of watercolors and oils by Elna's husband, from a widely anticipated sale held at the family home in Kennewick, Washington, several years after Elna's death. Elna met her husband in Taos, New Mexico in 1941, and painted throughout her life, as did he. See the detailed obituary, below.
Condition is good save for loss area at far left, roughly the size of a quarter. This can be easily stabilized and inpainted.
See my shop for a number of works by Elna's husband, Brooks.
Elna K Pettus
October 12, 1918 - August 29, 2013
Elna Katheryn Hogin was born in Kansas City, KS on Oct. 12, 1918 to Frieda L. and Benjamin Hogin. After high school she worked for the Hall Bros. Co, makers of Hallmark Cards. It was by the Hall Co’s auspices that she was sent to San Francisco, CA and Taos, NM for art instruction. In Taos in 1941 she met Roy Brooks Pettus. They married May 23, 1942 and started a family in Los Angeles, CA. They moved to Kennewick in 1965. After a few years in Illinois and Michigan they retired back to Kennewick in 1987. Brooks preceded her in death just short of 10 years ago.
Elna was a beloved mother and friend, a vivacious presence and a generous spirit. Her great artistic and musical talents were contributed to many projects. She was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church and the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.
She passed away peacefully at the Life Care Center of Kennewick on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
She is survived by daughters Olga Cadish of Flower Mound, TX and Carla (David) Alme of Kennewick, and son Roy Pettus, Jr. of Seattle. Grandchildren are Trina (Brad) Hall of Southlake, TX, Matthew Cadish of Glendale, CA, and Sierra Healy of Seattle, WA. Great-grandchildren are Wyatt, Camille, Marcus, and Malia Hall in Texas.
A memorial service will be held Thursday Sept. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church of Kennewick, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. starting at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church. A private burial was held at Riverview Heights Cemetery on September 6, 2013. Mueller’s Tri-Cities Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Riverview Heights Cemetery
1200 S. Olympia St.
Kennewick, WA, 99337