Born in Massilon, OH on Dec. 13, 1873, Mary Belle Williams began art studies as a child and continued at the Art Students League in NYC. She moved from Canton, OH to San Diego about 1906 where her brother owned a gold mine in nearby Julian.
In San Diego she maintained a studio in a building she owned at Seventh and Beech streets where Alfred R. Mitchell also lived and worked. Her last six months were spent in a hospital in Los Angeles where she died on June 21, 1943.
Her oeuvre includes landscapes, floral still lifes, miniatures, and portraits.
San Diego Art Guild (charter member, 1915).
Carnegie Library (San Diego), 1909 (solo); Panama Calif. Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1915 (s
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Women Artists of the American West
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