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 Katherine Kavanaugh Cahill  (1884 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: California/Arizona      Known for: floral still life, figure and landscape painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Katherine Cahill
1884 (Four Oaks, Kentucky)
1962 (Phoenix, Arizona)


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floral still life, figure and landscape painting

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Born in Four Oaks, Kentucky, Katherine Kavanaugh Cahill became a painter in impressionist and modernist styles and first gained recognition for floral studies.  She also painted western subjects including the Pima Indians and St. John's Mission near Phoenix, Arizona, and became quite prolific with Arizona landscapes.  Her mediums were oil, watercolor, charcoal, pen and pencil.

She was raised in Falmouth, Kentucky, and as a young woman went to Globe, Arizona where she joined her sisters and a brother-in-law.  Desiring to become an artist, she went to Los Angeles about 1917, and studied at the School of Illustration and Painting, owned and operated by John Hubbard Rich and William Cahill, her future husband. These artists sold the school shortly after she arrived, but she remained a student of Cahill's, whom she married in Los Angeles in November, 1919.

They lived for the next two years in San Francisco, and each painted and did commercial artwork and shared a studio on Polk Street.  Then they were apart for a period of time while he pursued a job opportunity in Chicago and she awaited the birth of their first child in Phoenix.  Shortly after, she joined her husband in Chicago, but he died in 1924.  She returned to Phoenix where her young daughter died the following year.

For the next twelve years she lived between Phoenix and southern California, and in 1937, settled in Pasadena.  She was a member of the Phoenix Fine Arts Association, the California Art Club, and Laguna Beach Art Association, and in 1922 was a member of the art jury at the Arizona State Fair.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Kovinick, Women Artists of the American West
Edan Hughes, Artists in California 1786-1940
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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