In the spring of 1910 he moved to Wilmington to attend Pyle’s lectures and shared studios with Foster at 1108 and 1305 N. Franklin Street. He later worked as a cartographer for the U.S. Navy and was in charge of technical illustration at the McLaughlin Research Corporation in Washington.

Skidmore worked in two distinct styles; that of a cartoonist, which he continued in his work for such magazines as Life, and that of a realistic illustrator.