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 Louise Everett Nimmo  (1899 - 1959)

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Lived/Active: California/Iowa      Known for: botanics, sea-landscape and still life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Louise Nimmo was the daughter of celebrated artist Mary Everett and was an impressionist cactus still life and landscape painter.

At age eleven, she was taken to Europe to study the Old Masters and become familiar with the European art scene. She attended Grinnell College in Iowa and did her first serious painting as a student of Frederick Furzman at Saugatuck, Michigan. She later studied with Charles Hawthorne at Provincetown.

In 1919, she moved with her family to California and studied at the Otis Art Institute for three and a half years. She took both painting and sculpture, the latter course being taught by Julia Bracken Wendt. She received what has been described as the one and only diploma from the Institute, a pencil design on an old envelope whimsically created by Edward Vysekal and Roscoe Shrader.

She sold enough of her work to finance further sculpture study at the Academie Julian and the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France. She also studied at the studio of Denis Gelin.

When she returned to California, she married Rae Nimmo an attorney and became active in the local art scenes, which included serving as President of the Women Painters of the West. To avoid competing with her new sister-in-law, sculptor Eugenie Everett, she focused on her love of painting and gave up sculpture.

By the late 1920s, she had focused increasingly on the desert country of California and Arizona and occasionally New Mexico. Underscoring her love of Arizona and its cactus, her husband wrote in a foreward to an exhibition catalogue of the Friday Monday Morning Club: "That sturdy sentinel, the giant Sahuaro, is indeed an heroic figure, while the delicate ocotillo, the temperamental cholla and robust prickly pear are interesting companions pictured in the arid wastes.  . . .I am indeed proud of the manner in which my wife has presented her subjects and the subtlety with which she has brought out the rugged beauty of her cactus friends.  (Trenton, 66)

Source:
Patricia Trenton, Independent Spirits, Women Painters of the American West
Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West

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Born in Des Moines, IA on April 9, 1899. Louise Everett was educated at Grinnell College. After studying with Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown, she settled in Los Angeles in 1919. She continued to study there with Julia Bracken Wendt and at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes. During 1925-26 she further studied in Paris at Académie Julian and Fontainebleau School of Arts. Returning to Los Angeles, she became active in the local art scene and in 1932 wed attorney Ray Nimmo. Early in her career she switched from sculpture to painting. An Impressionist, her work includes desert landscapes and still lifes of cacti. Mrs. Nimmo died in Ojai, CA on April 6, 1959. Exh: Calif. Art Club, 1920-51; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1920-30; Laguna Beach AA, 1923-46; Paris Salon, 1926; West Coast Arts, 1927; Pacific SW Expo (Long Beach), 1928 (silver medal); Hollywood Woman’s Club, 1928; LACMA, 1929; Women Painters of the West (LA), 1931-35; Olympiad, LACMA, 1932; Beverly Hills Woman's Club, 1932; Friday Morning Club (LA), 1934; Calif. State Fair, 1936; GGIE, 1939; Pasadena Art Inst., 1950; Chamber of Commerce (Santa Paula), 1950; Calif Art Club, 1951. In: Opportunity School (Des Moines); St Andrews Episcopal Church (Ojai); Calif. Art Club (mural); Beverly Hills Women's Club.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; American Art Annual 1925-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-62; Who's Who in California 1942; Women Artists in America (Collins & Opitz); Women Artists of the American West; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Death record; Ventura Star Free Press, 4-7-1959 (obituary).
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