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 Nevada Wilson  (1877 - 1961)

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Lived/Active: California/Nevada      Known for: landscape, florals, animal and portrait painting

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Nevada Wilson
from Auction House Records.
Desert Landscape
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Nevada Wilson was the daughter of Joseph Alfred Wilson, who owned the Elko-Tuscarora Stage Line.  She was raised in Tuscarora and attended San Jose California Normal School in 1895 and then returned to Nevada to work as a Wells Fargo agent in her father's business.  She married Arthur Primeaux in 1903 and divorced several years later.

In 1908, she opened an art studio in Reno and a year later married Frank Reilly and became an art teacher in the local schools, later becoming a supervisor.  In 1916, she moved to Los Angeles, and in 1925, married Samuel Evans and continued to paint until her last years.

She exhibited early art talent and according to several accounts studied with celebrated artists in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  It is known that she studied with Paul Lauritz, Jack Wilkinson Smith, and Lorenzo Latimer, the latter having the most influence on her.  In fact, she and her friend Doris Groesbeck first induced Latimer to go to Reno in 1916 to teach watercolor classes.

She preferred to paint on location and was known for her desert and mountain landscapes but also did florals, animals, a few portraits and china painting.  She was a member of Women Artists of the West, and the Laguna Beach Art Association.

Women Artists of the American West by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Nevada Wilson (1877-1961) was born in Elko, Nevada on August 5, 1877.  Named for her native state, she studied at San Jose State College (1895) and then worked in Nevada as a Wells Fargo agent.  Her early art studies were with Lorenzo P. Latimer.  In 1908 she opened an art studio in Reno and taught art in the public schools there until 1916.

At that time she settled in Los Angeles where she continued her art career and further studied with Paul Lauritz and Jack Wilkinson Smith. She married Samuel Evans in 1924 and continued to live in Los Angeles until her demise on June 10, 1961. Her oils and watercolors include desert and mountain landscapes.

Member: Los Angeles Art League; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n; Women Painters of the West; Hollywood Womans Club. Exhibited: Nevada State Fair, 1913 (medal); Los Angeles Art League, Los Angeles City Hall, 1941; Palm Desert Art Gallery, 1949; Nevada Art Gallery, 1952 (solo).

Submitted August 2002 by Mark Diederichsen, collector of the artist's work, who credits Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

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