Constance Lillian Jenkins Macky was born in Melbourne, Australia of Scottish parents on June 29, 1883. At 17 Constance began studying art in her native city at the Nat'l Gallery School where she met artist Spencer Macky. Their courtship continued in Paris where both were on traveling scholarships. Returning to Melbourne in 1912, she gave her first solo exhibition and in that year sailed to California to join her fiancé. They were married in Berkeley upon her arrival. She began teaching with her husband at the CSFA in 1917 and was associated with that school for most of her life. Mrs. Macky died in San Francisco on Nov. 17, 1961.
Exh: Melbourne, 1907 (gold & silver medals); Paris Salon, 1909; San Francisco Art Associatio
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