Verne Lucinda McCann Gillespie
(1901 - 1980)
Verne Lucinda McCann Gillespie was active/lived in California, Wisconsin. Verne Gillespie is known for desert landscape painting.
Verne Lucinda McCann Gillespie was born in Wisconsin on February 18, 1901. By the 1960s Gillespie had moved to southern California. She was a long-time resident of 29 Palms, California where she taught small painting classes. Called Queen of Desert Painting, she was well-acquainted with every plant, tree, flower, and critter in the desert. She died in Riverside County, California on June 18, 1980.
Not to be confused with Gladys Marie Baxter Duckworth (194-1981) who signed her work "Verne".
Exhibited: 29 Palms Artists Guild, 1964; Riverside County's National Date Festival, 1968.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Death record.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
She is listed as an exhibitor in the catalogue for the Riverside County's National Date Festival, Fine Arts Division, February 1968 with a painting entitled Along a Desert Trail.
Information provided by Norman Davies