October 4, 2019: The Man Beneath the Paint: Tilden Daken

Tilden Daken in his Mill Valley Studio, c.1928. © Bonnie Portnoy
Bonnie Portnoy. Painting by her grandfather Tilden Daken, in the background. © Bonnie Portnoy
Fallen Leaf Lake (near Lake Tahoe), 1922. Oil painting by Tilden Daken. © Bonnie Portnoy
Lake Lagunitas and Mt Tamalpais. Oil painting by Tilden Daken. © Bonnie Portnoy

“Few Men have had such varied experiences as Tilden Daken. Whether he was braving the Mexican war between Villa and Carranza, where he was wounded three times and once held prisoner of war for eight weeks, or dancing around like a crazy man to keep from freezing to death while painting the Piute Pass in midwinter; facing unknown terrors of the ocean depths to secure true submarine views; tempting the headhunters of New Guinea or riding the brake beams with his friend Jack London-always he thought of his art and sought to put true pictures of the world around him on canvas.” (Berkeley Daily Gazette, October 6, 1927.)

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