Born on a ranch near Aromas, California on Aug. 29, 1884, Lillie May
Nicholson graduated from State Normal School in San Jose in 1907 and
then taught school in Hawaii (1908-10) and in Watsonville, CA
(1910-11). In Watsonville she studied watercolor techniques
with L. Minnie Pardee and during the years 1911-16, she was in Japan
where she taught at Kyoto and studied art under J. Taguchi.
After returning to California, she continued her art studies at the
California School of Fine Arts for five years where she was greatly
influenced by Gottardo Piazzoni. During 1921-22 she traveled and
painted in Italy and France.
Her marriage to Paul DeWolf in 1925 lasted only a few years. From
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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