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Francis H. Cutting was at one time a teacher who didn’t want to teach and an owner of a 5-acre prune orchard who didn’t want to farm.
Cutting wanted to paint.
And he did. Some of his work is on display at the city of Campbell’s Ainsley House as part of an exhibit that runs until June 30. The Iowa-born Cutting was an on-and-off-and-on-again Campbell resident who became well known for his landscape oil paintings in the early 1900s.
“So much of the West has changed since Cutting was painting, but there are still many areas where we can see unspoiled landscapes, the same one Cutting captured in his paintings,” said Kerry Perkins, Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House educator.
“Cutting’s works allow us to slow down, put down our smartphones, quiet the noise