Albert Thomas DeRome (1885-1959)
Born in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County, California on June 26, 1885, DeRome studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Mathews, Stanton, and Latimer. His close friends and sketching partners included painters William Keith, Carlos Hittell, Will Sparks, Frank Moore, Percy Gray and Gunnar Widforss. From 1915-31 he made many painting expeditions to Nevada, Arizona, and throughout California. Following a serious auto accident in 1931, DeRome gradually recovered the ability to paint; however an insurance policy prevented him from selling his work or exhibiting as a professional artist. He did exhibit as an amateur in Northern California, gaining recognition and several first prizes. He would often give his paintings to friends and relatives in exchange for favors. An Impressionist, his work includes luminous landscapes, coastals, and seascapes in oil and watercolor. DeRome spent his later years on the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove. He died in Carmel on July 31, 1959.
Member: Carmel Art Association; California College of Arts and Crafts (trustee).
Exhibited: California State Fairs, Sacramento; Monterey County Fairs; Santa Cruz Art League; University of California, Santa Cruz, 1985; Gump’s 1986, 1987 (solo); Carmel Art Association, 1987.
Source: Edan Hughes, Artists in California: 1786-1940