A rare circa 1930 oil by the noted Northern California woman artist GRACE ALLISON GRIFFITH (1885-1955), the subject a tawny field among rugged hills. The unframed oil on canvas board measures 12" by 15 3/4". The artist signed in red at lower right with her distinctive signature. Griffith was born in Sebastopol, California, near Santa Rosa, in idyllic Sonoma County farm and ranch country. Her father, a fruit rancher, was credited with introducing the Gravenstein apple variety to the area. He was a close friend of botanist Luther Burbank. Early on, Grace showed aptitude for drawing various botanical subjects for Burbank. She studied art with Lorenzo P. Latimer, teacher of many Northern California artists in the early years of the century. Grace married young to a Charles B. Allison, which accounts for her use of that name for a time in her signature. When the marriage ended and the Sonoma County family farmhouse burned in 1919, Grace and her sister Alice went to Hawaii for two years, achieving there recognition for her art. Later, Grace visited Europe, exhibiting in England and Scotland and becoming a member of the Royal Watercolor Society in London. In the 1920's Grace Griffith exhibited at the California State Fair, at Gumps department store in San Francisco, at the Claremont Hotel in the Oakland hills, and at Kanst Gallery in Los Angeles. She is best known today for her fine, poetic watercolors of Sonoma and Marin Counties. This oil painting just came out of professional restoration, which removed decades of smoky grime, and removed clumsy overpainting.
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