Emma Elizabeth Axelson McDowell was born in Kansas on Feb. 9, 1880. Emma came to California with her family about 1891 and settled in Santa Ana. She took china painting lessons from local artist Oceana Edgar and attended an art school in Los Angeles. Mrs. McDowell died there on July 31, 1953.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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