Norman Stiles Chamberlain
Norman Stiles Chamberlain born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 7, 1887, Norman Stiles Chamberlain began his art training in his early teens under Mathias J Alten. Chamberlain joined Alten and his family on a voyage to Europe on the Camparia on August 24, 1910; first to study his craft in Paris then on to the Hague School of Dutch artists, he spent 1910-11 working in the Netherlands amidst the settings favored by the Maris brothers, Jozef Israëls, Willem Roelofs, and even Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondriaan‘s early work before moving to Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, CA in 1918. Mr. Chamberlain’s first painting in Laguna Beach is called North of Laguna painted in 1914. Mr. Chamberlain was very active in the Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Laguna Beach Art Communities as well as Taos, New Mexico. Working with Alson Clark and exhibiting locally, success came almost immediately through the patronage of Mrs. Henry E. Huntington, the force behind the collection at the Huntington Library. After traveling in Mexico and spending a year in France at the Académie Matisse, he lived briefly in Taos, NM before settling in Laguna Beach, CA where he lived for his remaining years.
Mary Pottenger Chamberlain is a descendent of Artist and Inventor Robert Fulton and Norman Stiles Chamberlain is a descendant of John Alden and William Brewster, Mayflower Compact members.