Born in Indianapolis, IN on Jan. 6, 1885, the daughter of George and Julia (Stanclift) Grove. (Her mother must have remarried because her brother Samuel also had the last name Stevens.) Esther graduated from Stanford University and then spent one year at the San Francisco Institute of Art.
She further studied at the ASL in NYC under Henri and in Provincetown, MA with Hawthorne. In California she was a resident of Berkeley (1917) and Monterey (1918) where she was a pupil of Armin Hansen.
Esther married Walter T. Barney and in 1921 settled in San Diego. The Barneys also had a ranch in nearby Ramona where she obtained much of her subject matter. After the Expo in 1935, she maintained a studio in Spanish Village in Balboa
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
1917-24; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
(Fielding, Mantle); Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); 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
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