Born in Gladstone, Illinois on January 4, 1869, Frances Gearhart was a self-taught artist except for a few lessons from Henry Rankin Poor and Charles H. Woodbury. Upon settling in Pasadena in 1888, she studied at the State Normal School (now UCLA). She then taught English history at Los Angeles High School for many years.
She painted watercolors until about 1916 and then found her forte in woodcuts. Her studio at 18 West California Street in Pasadena was headquarters for the Printmakers Society of California.
Her failing eyesight in the 1940s curtailed her artistic output. Unmarried, she died in Pasadena on April 6, 1958. Her colored wood block prints are highly prized by print collectors
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
1919-31; American Magazine of Art, Sept. 1930; Who's Who in American Art
1936-41; Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
(Fielding, Mantle); Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); Women Artists of the American West
; Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); Pasadena Star News, 4-7-1958 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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