Otis Dozier ( American, 1904 - 1987 )
Otis Dozier represents the cotton plant in all its stages of growth, from planting to maturity to harvest, investing the plant with the symbolism of the life cycle itself. Raised on a cotton ranch near present-day Mesquite, Texas, Dozier pays tribute to the value of the agricultural product that sustained the state of Texas until after World War II, when oil and ranching became dominant. This painting was exhibited at the 1936 Texas Centennial. After training in Dallas at the Aunspaugh Art School and the Dallas Art Institute, Dozier himself taught for years at Southern Methodist University and at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.
Bonnie Pitman, ed., Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 273.