Selden Connor Gile was born in Stow, Maine in 1877. He studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts, but is primarily self-taught. Giles early style of painting was classical California landscape painters, but later his work became more influenced by the style of Impressionism-Fauvism. His subjects remained focused on California scenes.
During the 1920s, he joined with five other artists, who became known as the Society of Six. Selden Gile was one of the most talented within the group. They were active in the San Francisco Bay area and exhibited often at the Oakland Art Gallery. Gile would find inspiration for his paintings while hiking and sketching the hills near Oakland and Berkeley. Gile’s hosted other artists and creative people in his home and Gile’s hospitality was legendary.
Selden Gile died in Marin County in 1947. He was a member of the Marin County Art Association and Oakland Art League. Today, his work can be found in the collections of the Monterey Peninsula Museum, Oakland Museum, Fleischer Museum as well as many prominent private art collections.