Stanley Reckless was born Stanley Zbytniewski. In 1913 he enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), studied under Daniel Garber. In 1915, 1916 he was awarded 2 Cresson Traveling Scholarships, and traveled to Paris, enrolling briefly at the Academie Julian. In 1920 he moved to Lumberville, Pennsylvania and started exhibiting at PAFA, the National Academy of Design, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In 1924 he settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where he painted the landscape and shared a studio with Charles Hargens. In 1930 he moved to California where he painted portraits of members of the film industry. He co-founded the Art Center School in Los Angeles.
Sheldon Parsons studied at the National Academy of Design and was a successful portrait artist in New York City from 1896 to 1912. He moved to Santa Fe around 1912, became a founding member of the Santa Fe colony of artists and changed from portrait painting to landscape painting.