Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 2, 1884. Leonora Naylor moved to Chicago with her family in 1897. She attended the University of Chicago where her father was a member of the faculty. While there she studied art with Emma Siboni and her drawings were chosen to be exhibited at the Paris Int'l Expo.
In 1906 she went to Santa Cruz, CA to visit an aunt. While there, she met Harry Penniman and married him in 1907. Throughout her marriage she was an active partner in the Penniman Title Company. She was a founding member of the Santa Cruz Art League and responsible for inaugurating the series of statewide exhibitions there. She later spent one summer of study at Mills College under Lyonel
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California State Library (Sacramento); Women Artists of the American West
; American Art Annual
1929-33; Who's Who in American Art
1936-41; Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4-8-1957 (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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