Orrin Augustine White was a prolific landscape painter in Southern California, where his scenes appealed to the popular taste for impressionism. He was graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1902 and taught science and drawing at Columbia University (now the University of Portland) in Portland, Oregon, from 1902 to 1904. He studied textile design at the Philadelphia School of Applied Arts and was a textile designer for several years. He came to Los Angeles in 1912, painting landscapes in his spare time while working for an interior decorating firm. Two of his landscape paintings were accepted for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, and the same year White won silver and bronze medals at the Panama-California International Exposition in San Diego. He exhibited with the California Art Club beginning in 1917 and during World War I served briefly as second lieutenant in the Fortieth Engineers Camouflage Division. After the war White devoted himself solely to landscape painting, building a studio in Pasadena and frequently traveling in California and Mexico in search of scenery to paint. He studied with GEORGE K. BRANDRIFF in Laguna Beach, California, and exhibited there with the local art association in the 1920s. The Battey Gallery in Pasadena gave White his first solo exhibition, but it was not until 1940 the Los Angeles Art Museum organized a solo exhibition of his work.
LACMHSA, Orrin A. White, 1940, with lists of awards and public collections § Nancy Dustin Wall Moure and Phyllis Moure, Artists’ Clubs and Exhibitions in Los Angeles before 1930, Publications in Southern California Art, no. 2 (Los Angeles: Privately printed, 1975), unpaginated, s.v. "Orrin A. White" § Moure with Smith 1975, pp. 273-74, with bibliography.