Alden Mason was a Pacific Northwest native and a lifelong resident, but his artistic influence reaches far beyond this corner of the country. Mason was born in Everett, Wash., in 1919, and he grew up enamored with the outdoor world around him.
He planned to study entomology when he enrolled in the University of Washington. By chance, he told an interviewer, he wandered over to the art building, where a nude model was posing for painting students. Mason was only half-joking when he says that encounter changed his career path.