Born in Santa Ana, CA on Aug. 30, 1890. Ruth Heil graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1909, and then received degrees from USC, UCLA, and Columbia University. During summers she studied at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Pratt Institute in NYC. She married Fred Emerson early in life and in 1919 began teaching art at Bakersfield (CA) High School, a position she held until retirement in 1957. In 1977 she married Noble Stutzman and was a resident of Bakersfield until her death on Feb. 18, 1986. An eclectic painter, her work includes palette-knife portraits, Pointillism, landscapes, and colorful still lifes. Exh: Saint One Gallery (Bakersfield), 1979.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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