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Tilden Daken Legacy Project

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Here's a wonderful painting of Mount Tamalpais from Mill Valley from almost 100 years ago!

Spring Mill Valley, 30" x 36", oil on canvas, c. 1925 by Tilden Daken

Tilden Daken was an early plein air painter, artist, and bohemian from the Bay Area and for a while made his home on Throckmorton Ave. He lived an exceptional life, painting as he traveled. His life and work is recorded at This piece here was brought into the studio to be photographed by his granddaughter Bonnie Portnoy of San Rafael. Bonnie has been working with us for 20 years to photographically record Tilden Daken’s many paintings, some purchased, but many borrowed specifically for this purpose, for the website (above) that she maintains about him. She has been working for twenty-plus years as his self-appointed archivist, documenting his life and work through the paintings, newspaper articles, personal writing, and letters, as part of The Tilden Daken Legacy Project. Bonnie has even written and self published a 300 page biography as well.

Tilden Daken Legacy Project The artist's incomparable life and substantial oeuvre are being brought to the forefront by Bonnie Portnoy, the granddaughter he never knew. She has unearthed a treasure trove of stories about his artistic career and far-flung adventures. "The actual is more astounding than the imaginary," Tilden once told a journalist, and this can be said of his life. learn more here

The Biography of Tilden Daken

Tilden Daken (June 14, 1876 - April 24, 1935) was an American landscape painter known primarily for his oil paintings of the California redwoods, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the countryside scenery of Northern California and Southern California. He also painted in Alaska, Mexico, Baja, the Hawaiian Islands, the South Seas, and parts of the East Coast of the United States. more at Wikipedia


Black Cat Studio works with hundreds of contemporary artists, historians, archivists, publishers, and families, photographing artwork into digital files. We then prepare and deliver those image files for optimal and accurate color and resolution to their specifications. These images can then be used for digital showcases like websites, online archiving and NFT’s, or more commonly for print projects like books and magazines, advertisements, posters, greeting and postcards, or limited edition reproductions. Prices start at $35 per art piece and normal service is 5 working days. Contact us by phone at 415-884-2330 or email.
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