Born in Racine, WI on Oct. 2, 1857. Clara Lyon was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She married Jay O. Hayes in 1885 and two years later moved to California. Settling in Edenvale in Santa Clara County, she was active in civic organizations while her husband was the publisher of the San Jose Mercury. She had studied art in Europe and continued in San Francisco with Wm Keith for several years. As well as an artist, she was also a writer of biographical books. Mrs. Hayes died in San Jose on Dec. 7, 1932. Her work includes landscapes and floral still lifes.
Member: Palo Alto Art Club.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Keith, Old Master Of California (Brother Cornelius) San Jose Mercury, 12-8-1932 (obit).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