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In paintings, murals and letters, Tom Lea of El Paso has captured the look and essence of the southwest as few have done before or since. As a Life Magazine artist in the Pacific during World War II, Lea distinguished himself, particularly in his powerful painting The Price, which depicted a U.S. Marine at the moment of death during the Peleliu landing in 1944. Two of his novels, The Brave Bulls and The Wonderful Country, were made into major motion pictures. Lea also wrote a two-volume history of the King Ranch in South Texas.