Artist Biography

Catherine Joane STRODE
1895 - 1969

Catherine Joane Strode was born on November 22, 1895 in Lewistown, Illinois. She entered the Art Institute of Chicago in 1911 and graduated with honors in 1916. For some unknown reason, she adopted the pseudonym Joane Cromwell. In 1922 she moved to southern California where she was the pupil of Anna Hills, Edgar Payne, and Jack Wilkinson Smith at the Otis Art Institute. She lived in the southern California cities of Hollywood, Dana Point, and Laguna Beach. Her married names were Blakley, Skidmore, Christian, and, during her final years, Liddle. She was a resident of Laguna at the time of her death in nearby Santa Ana on December 23, 1969. A prolific painter, her work includes seascapes, landscapes, and portraits. Exh: Art Institute of Chicago, 1918; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n, 1922-61; Artists Fiesta (Los Angeles), 1931; Ebell Club (Los Angeles), 1930s (five gold medals); Craftsman Studios (Los Angeles), 1937; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1940; La Jolla Art Club, 1942 (solo); Desert Magazine Bldg (Palm Desert), 1949; Festival of the Arts (Laguna Beach), 1961-69. Works held: Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce; California Sunset Canyon Country Club; Santa Anita Race Track (murals); Hollywood Park Race Track (murals).

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