Born in Wilmington, OH on Oct. 5, 1879, Carl Moon graduated from Wilmington High School, and moved to Albuquerque, NM where he had a photography studio. He worked there until 1907 when he moved to the Grand Canyon headquarters of Fred Harvey to manage and operate Harvey's art business.
Moon studied painting with visiting artists Thomas Moran, Frank Sauerwein, and Louis Akin. While in the Southwest he captured many pictures of the Pueblo Indians both on film and canvas.
In 1911 he wed artist Grace Purdie and settled in Pasadena in 1914. In California he concentrated on landscapes and illustrated several children's books (Wong and the Wise Old Crow, The Flaming Arrow, Painted Moccasin) about Indians, which he co-authored with his wife.
Carl Moon died in San Francisco on June 24, 1948.
Memberships: Pasadena Art Association; Pasadena Library Club; California Writer's Guild.
Exhibitions: Pasadena Art Inst., 1925, 1927; Carmelita Gardens (Pasadena), 1926; Cartoonist Club (LA), 1928; Pasadena Arts & Crafts, 1941.
Collection: Huntington Library (San Marino); Library of Congress; Museum of Natural History (NYC); Southwest Museum (LA); Montclair (NJ) Museum; Smithsonian Inst. Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940" American Art Annual 1933; Who's Who in American Art 1936-47; Who's Who in California 1942; Artists of the American West (Samuels); NY Times & Los Angeles Times, 6-26-1948 (obits).