(1914 - 1998)
Emmy Lou Packard was active/lived in California. Emmy Packard is known for blockprint-ship portrait, mosaic, mural painting.
Lou Packard was born in California in 1914. She lived in Mexico City as
a child; while there she received regular art criticism and
encouragement from Diego Rivera. She studied fresco at the California
School of Fine Arts, and in 1940 she was Diego Rivera's assistant on his
World's Fair mural in San Francisco.
Rivera's advice to her was
to avoid formal art training because it would spoil her originality. As
an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley in the
1930s she studied natural sciences, taking an occasional art course.
at school she eloped with architect Burton Cairns; they became the
parents of a son, Donald. Tragically her husband was killed in an
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