American illustration artist Earl Oliver Hurst was born in Buffalo, New York in 1895. After high school Hurst served in World War I. After the war he set his sights on becoming a professional artist. Hurst studied art at the Cleveland School of Art. While he was in school he worked at Cleveland’s premier newspaper "The Plain Dealer" doing political cartoons and fashion illustrations. After a stint as an art director at a direct mail house he decided to take a stab at freelance commercial illustration. At first Hurst struggled to get work. As time progressed Hurst learned the ropes and his work began to come in demand. He landed clients like Jantzen's and Royal Crown Cola. As his career progressed he would become one of the main illustrators for Colliers Magazine. Hurst was known for his lush watercolor illustrations and his powerful lines. Hurst passed away in 1958.