Marion E. Drewe Coleman was born in Sydney, Australia on March 6, 1867. Marion Drewe began her art studies in Sydney and continued in Paris and London.
Arriving in northern California in 1900, she lived in San Francisco and Oakland with interludes in Martinez (1907), Eureka (1909), and La Jolla in 1918 when she worked for the Scripps Biological Institute. After her marriage to Rufus A. Coleman in Virginia City in 1906, she became a serious painter of western subjects such as the Comstock mines, the Hoopa and Klamath tribes of Humboldt County, the Hopi of Arizona and various other Indian tribes of the Southwest. Mrs. Coleman died in Oakland, CA on April 16, 1950.
Exhibits: Grafton Gal
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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