|Born in Viola, Wisconsin, Laverne Nelson Black was first introduced to the Native American culture through the children he played with from the Kickapoo reservation near his childhood home. When his family moved to Chicago, Black was able to receive formal instruction at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Black took work as an illustrator in Chicago, relishing his assignments that would take him out west. In 1925 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he combined Impressionist and Modernist techniques in his paintings of the local landscape and Native American culture, many of which were created with a palette knife, and heavy use of paint and color.
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