1876 - 1970
Fidelia Furber was born in Oakland, California on April 2, 1876. She grew up on a ranch near Cloverdale and, after graduating from high school there, moved to San Francisco in 1895. The following year she enrolled at the Mark Hopkins Institute where she was greatly influenced by Alice B. Chittenden. Shortly after the turn of the century, she made a painting trip to Alaska and spent two years in Hawaii where she taught classes and painted the local landscape. Returning to California, Furber had studios in Cloverdale, Healdsburg, and Petaluma where she gave classes in china painting as well as landscape and still life instruction. She married George Harlow, a Petaluma judge, in 1931 and settled in Santa Rosa, CA where she remained until her death on August 20, 1970. Primarily an oil painter, only occasionally did she use watercolor. From her colorful palette came floral still lifes, orchards in bloom, Alaskan and Hawaiian scenes, and landscapes of the Sonoma area. Member: Society of Western Artists. Exhibited: Cloverdale Citrus Fairs.
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