Paul Starrett Sample was an American artist who portrayed life in New England in the middle of the 20th Century with a style that showed elements of Social Realism and Regionalism. He went to Los Angeles in the 1920's to study at Otis Art Institute, and was on the faculty of the University of Southern California in the school of architecture from 1926 to 1938, when he left to assume a teaching position at Dartmouth College.
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.