Untitled forest scene
Lamar Dodd (1909-1996) was born in Fairburn, GA. Dodd took classes at LaGrange Female College (later LaGrange College) when he was twelve years old. After a brief stay at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, he taught art in rural Alabama, only to realize that he had to leave the South to advance his training. He enrolled at the Art Students League in New York City, where his primary teachers were Boardman Robinson and Richard Lahey. He took private classes from George Luks. Dodd was also influenced by John Steuart Curry and Thomas Hart Benton, He returned south to Birmingham, Alabama in 1933 to work in an artists' supply store.