Clifton Weems (1929-1989)
Where: Cornwall Bridge
When: ca. 1950s
Clifton Weems, Jr. was born March 9, 1929 in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a young man, Weems lived in Louisiana and New York, before finally settling in Oakland, California. He attended McClymonds Technical High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force following his graduation.
Following his service in the military, Weems married Delores Doss and worked a series of jobs. Although he was interested in art from a young age, Weems was originally unable to find employment as an artist due to his lack of formal training. Undeterred, Weems used his various jobs as a shoemaker, cook, and baker as a means to express his creativity, until he was finally able to support himself as an artist.
Eventually, Weems’ work took him to Cornwall Bridge, where he purportedly worked as both a cook at Shady Rest, a local cottage and boarding house, and as an artist. While here, he painted Cornwall Bridge Station, which depicts the Queen Anne Style train station, built circa 1886. After his brief time in Cornwall, Weems ultimately returned to California, where he passed away in January 1989.