Ellen Esten Waterhouse was born in Burilville, RI on Aug. 1, 1850. Nellie, as she was called, came to California with her family via the Isthmus of Panama at age 16. She wed Sacramento banker Frank Waterhouse in 1876, and in 1883 the couple built a home in Bolinas, CA where she remained for the rest of her life. Civic minded, she was greatly responsible for laying out the streets of Bolinas. Her art training is unknown; however, she was a neighbor and close friend of Thad and Ludmilla Welch with whom she often painted in the hills of Marin County. She generally signed her paintings with the initials N.E.W. A traditional and visionary painter, her work includes landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, and scene
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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