William Wendt was a painter. Among the best known Southern California artists of his day, he celebrated the state’s scenic grandeur in lush landscapes infused with the spirituality he ascribed to nature.
He lived in Los Angeles from 1906 to 1912 before relocating permanently to Laguna Beach.Google image search William Wendt for a look at his work.
The question and answer were taken from p. 514 of The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists by Ann Lee Morgan. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 2007.