Everett Longley Warner has the distinction of being a well-known American Impressionist and an innovator in Naval camouflage.
Warner was a native of Iowa and the son of a lawyer. His family moved to Washington DC where he undertook his arts education at the Corcoran Museum and the Washington Art Students League.
He worked for a time as an art critic, writing for the Washington Evening Star before restarting his own artistic endeavors. He studied under George Bridgeman and Walter Clark in New York at the Art Students League in 1900. His work was soon recognized and included in several prestigious competitions.
After studying in Europe at the Academie Julian in 1903, he moved back to the US in 1909 and soon became a part of the Old Lyme art colony. In not too long a time, however, the world went to war.
Everett Longley Warner decided to use his artistic training to serve the war effort. During World War 1, ships crossing the Atlantic were in constant peril. While most camouflage schemes sought to make the ships invisible, Warner innovated by concentrating on making them hard to hit, realizing that invisibility was impossible.His was one of only six camouflages adopted.