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Daughter of Orange County Chicano artist keeps family tradition alive in Eastvale

By in Press Enterprise on November 16, 2017

By Patrick Brien

Growing up in the city of Orange, Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill’s childhood was filled with memories of her father’s art. She remembers being cautioned at the age of 4 to not touch such items as tubes of paints and solvents. But on a daily basis, she observed her father, renowned Chicano artist Emigdio Vasquez, at work.

By the time she was 10, Vasquez Tuthill had begun helping her father. Together they would pack his 1970s station wagon with display easels and paintings to sell at indoor and outdoor malls in the Orange County area.

“My job was to keep an eye on the paintings while dad spoke with customers,” says the now 57 year-old Eastvale resident.

Throughout her school years, Vasquez Tuthill excelled in all mediums of art from clay, pencil and acrylics. She began working with oils when she got into high school.

  • Officer Ando is a K9 for the Anaheim police department belonging to Jeff Walloch. The art of Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill can currently be seen in the Riverside Arts Council’s Artscape exhibit at the Riverside County Administration Center. (Courtesy of Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill)

  • The art of Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill can currently be seen in the Riverside Arts Council's Artscape exhibit at the Riverside County Administration Center. (Courtesy of Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill)

    The art of Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill can currently be seen in the Riverside Arts Council’s Artscape exhibit at the Riverside County Administration Center. (Courtesy of Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill)

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