Theodore Wores was an American painter born in California.

Wores began his art training at age twelve in the studio of Joseph Harrington, who taught him color, composition, drawing and perspective. When the San Francisco School of Design opened in 1874, Wores was one of the first pupils to enroll. After one year at that school under the landscape painter Virgil Macey Williams, he continued his art education at the Royal Academy in Munich where he studied for six years.

Wores returned to San Francisco in 1881. He went to Japan for two extended visits and had successful exhibitions of his Japanese paintings in New York and London, where he became friends with James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Oscar Wilde.

After visiting Hawaii and Samoa in 1901-02, he returned to San Francisco where he built a home and decided to stay.

He visited Hawaii for a second time in 1910 after marrying Carolyn Bauer. The plan was to search for suitable natives to paint in a short time. However, the trip wound up taking almost a year and a half which yielded a tremendous number of artworks. Included among these was his most famous painting, and perhaps the most famous of all Hawaiian figure paintings, "The Lei Maker." This tremendous painting is now in the permanent collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

For the remainder of his career, Wores painted the coast on the western edge of San Francisco. He died from a heart attack in San Francisco Sept. 11, 1939.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until after his death in San Francisco in 1939 that Wores became an internationally known artist.