Retiring from motion pictures, Alfred took up oil painting, and Elma, writing. In 1959 they purchased a large parcel of land and settled into tree farming.
Alfred and Elma are listed in “Who’s Who in the West” and in the Alaska Literary Directory. He was a member of the board of trustees for the University of Puget Sound Museum, Tacoma, Washington and of the Tacoma Allied Arts. Their work has been featured in magazines the world over, including National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Life, Vogue, Newsweek, People (Australia), Everybody’s (London) and East African Annual
(Kenya). A complete list of their work and achievements is too extensive to be contained here.
Alfred received his education at Franklin High School in Seattle Washington; Cornish Art Institute, Seattle, Washington; University of Washington; Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois; and at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Elma graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington and earned her B.A. in education, in 1930, from the University of Washington. Both
shared their love of learning as teachers, at one point in their lives. Elma taught at Orting and Dryden High Schools; Alfred taught nature photography at the University of Puget Sound.