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 Octavia Roseborough (Hyndman) Arneson  (1895 - 1996)

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Lived/Active: Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas      Known for: watercolor, oil and china painting, teaching

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Born in Burlington, Kansas and raised and educated in Oklahoma, Octavia Roseborough Arneson became a prominent artist and teacher in Brownsville, Texas.  In 1935, she was one of seven painters who established the Brownsville Art League, and in 1950, in the Leagues newly built quarters, she began the teaching of watercolor classes, which lasted into the last decade of her long life of 101 years. 

While teaching, she also continued producing her own art work, which included acrylic and pastel as well as watercolor.  As a young girl living in Wichita, Kansas and working for an oil company, she did much china painting, but that was curtailed during World War I when blank china was no longer imported to the U.S.

In 1926, at age 21, Octavia moved to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and that same year married W.D. Hyndman.  She worked for telephone companies in Brownsville and San Benito, and in the early 30s began taking art lessons.  During the 1940s, she sold her paintings from the lobby and gift shop of the El Jardin Hotel in Brownsville, and many of her customers were passengers on the Missouri Pacific Railway, which came in from the north. 

Hyndman died in 1951, and the next year, she married Caspar Arneson, a Custom's Officer, but he died within the year.

Living to 1996, she not only continued teaching at the League, but she drove her own vehicle until her 98th year.  She took workshops in many locations including Mexico, Europe, and the United States.  Her work is in the Brownsville Art League Museum.

Sources:
John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists
Information from Edward P. Bentley, Art Historian, Lansing, Michigan


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