Tom Lea "Kachinas" mixed media on paper, 1932. Inscribed lower right, "To Bill Waterhouse from Tom Lea 1932". Sight: 10"H x 18.75"W; Frame: 29"H x 37"W. PROVENANCE: Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, Texas. Adair Margo is the First Lady of El Paso, Texas and founder of the Tom Lea Institute. In 2018, Mrs. Margo was presented with the American Spirit Medallion by the WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana in honor of her efforts to maintain and promote the legacy of Tom Lea as both an artist and a war correspondent. Of "Kachinas", Margo writes: "This page from my 'Tom Lea, An Oral History' explains Tom's homesickness in Chicago and how he began painting subjects from the Indian cultures he knew from visiting Santa Fe and other places in the Southwest as a child. The painting was done while Tom was living in Chicago and before he moved to Santa Fe with his wife, Nancy, in 1933. After Tom Lea asked me to represent his work in 1993, giving me over 400 drawings and works on paper, he sent a Governor Clements to my gallery. The Governor had flown out to his studio in El Paso, where Tom no longer had work for sale, so he sent him to me with an assurance that I would treat him right. I remember Governor Clements saying 'I like that!' when he saw the Kachina, so I wrapped it up and he took it under his arm that same day. The painting was given to Tom Lea's good friend, Bill Waterhouse, a talented El Paso photographer, architect and musician. There are many Waterhouse photographs of Tom Lea at work as he painted El Paso's famous "Pass of the North" mural in the federal courthouse housed in Special Collections at UTEP. FFrom the SMU in Taos Campus Collection. Please see image of the excerpt from "Tom Lea, An Oral History" referenced above. Tom Lea (American, 1907-2001).