Born in Mill Valley, CA on July 19, 1908. "Betty" O'Shaughnessy moved to San Francisco in 1912 into a house on Vallejo Street where she lived for the rest of her life. Her father was city engineer who had a dam in Yosemite named for him. During the 1920s she studied at the CSFA and was active in the local art scene into the 1940s. Due to her patronage to the arts, Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed July 19, 1999 as "Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy Day." A spinster, she died three weeks later on Aug. 13. An oil painter, her subjects include landscapes, still lifes, and coastal scenes. Member: SF Women Artists; AFA; CHS. Exh: NY Art Alliance of America, 1930 (prize); SF Women Artists, 1936 (prize); Society for Sanity in Art, 1940.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
1930; Who's Who in American Art
1936-41; SF Chronicle, 8-18-1999 (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