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Olive Barker

 (1885 - 1961)
Olive Ruth Carpenter Barker was active/lived in California, Nebraska, Illinois.  Olive Barker is known for landscape, street scene and figure painting.

Biography   Olive Barker

Known for watercolor paintings that depict people in their environment and associated with the California Style of regional painting, Olive Barker was born in Chicago, Illinois but grew up in Omaha, Nebraska.

She studied at the Paris branch of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art and at the Oberlin, Ohio Conservatory of Music. Returning to Omaha, she became a pupil of J. Laurie Wallace and met her husband, George Edmund Barker, while taking classes from Wallace.

In 1923, the couple, having married in 1911, moved to Southern California where her husband taught art at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, and she studied with John Francis Smith, Millard Sheets, F. Tolles Chamberlin, and Paul Sample.

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