The career of Wilmot Emerton Heitland, N. A. (1893-1969) flourished during the ascendence of the Art Deco movement in the twenties and thirties. Despite his traditional classical training under Walter Biggs and Harvey Dunn, he incorporated the Deco outlook into his magazine illustrations. His pictures were often stylized with a heavy outline, and his color was accentuated by strong purples, red-violets, and blues.
Heitland was born in Superior, Wisconsin, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he won the Cresson traveling scholarship in 1913 and attended the Colarossi School in Paris. He also took classes at the Art Students League in New York.
He first painted illustrations for Collier's Weekly in 1922. This was followed by work for most of the major magazines including Cosmopolitan, McCall's, Woman's Home Companion, Delineator and others.
Heitland was also a master watercolorist - his paintings of Barbados rival the directness and vigor of Winslow Homer. Both his illustrations and exhibition watercolors won many awards, and his work is represented in several museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and Philadelphia Museum School of Art.
[This picture was probably published in Good Housekeeping, 1930. Ink and fuschia watercolor, 29.5 x 21.25"]