John Franklin Waldo was born in 1835 in Vermont. Early in his life he worked as a carriage and sign painter and then, in 1871, studied at the Chicago Academy of Design. While largely supporting himself as a fresco painter, Waldo continued to paint western landscapes in watercolor and oil. He studied for a short time under Henry Chapman Ford and visited the Santa Barbara artist several times. It may have been during one of these trips that he filled the sketchbook featured here. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design, in the American Watercolor Society’s exhibit. In 1920, Waldo passed away in Los Angeles.