Theodore Wores was a native San Franciscan and one of the most influential of that city’s early artists. Wores was one of the first students enrolled at the San Francisco School of Design when it opened in 1874. He also made his way to Europe where he studied at Munich’s Royal Academy. Wores was an eager traveler and made painting expeditions to Japan, Hawaii, Spain, Samoa, Canada and Taos, New Mexico. In 1907 he was appointed Dean of the newly re-opened San Francisco Art Institute, a post he held for 6 years. Wores is best known for his detailed paintings of Japanese water gardens and for looser more Impressionistic flowering orchard paintings done near Saratoga, California.