Born in New York on April 6, 1837. Emma Chapin became San Diego's first professional artist when she settled there in 1881. Upon establishing a studio, she taught classes in oil and watercolor painting as well as drawing in ink and crayon. She was a member of the San Diego Art Ass'n and active in San Diego until a fatal heart attack on Dec. 4, 1911. Her rare works include portraits of prominent San Diego citizens.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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