Frances Hammell Gearhart
Frances Hammell Gearhart was born in 1869 in Henderson County, Illinois. Her specialty was color woodblock prints and she was, primarily, a self- taught artist, though she was known to have been a student of Arthur Wesley Dow, for a time. Gearhart utilized Dow’s principles of design in her woodblock prints depicting landscapes with expansive skies.
In 1911, Gearhart had her first exhibition in Los Angeles and she stayed on there to become a high school teacher. She had two sisters, both artists, in the Los Angeles area and Frances and her sister, May often exhibited together, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.