Hailing from Carmel, California and educated at St Margaret's Convent, Edinburgh, the artist was a devout Roman Catholic, and in later life founded a Guild dedicated to the revival of ecclesiastical art. She studied at St John's Wood School of Art and in New York with the Art Students' League. In 1915 she won a Silver medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition. From 1921-23 her sending-in address was care of J Bourlet (agents) in London, but she was travelling elsewhere, accompanied by her mother who was also an artist.
A review of the St Ives Show Day in 1922 described her as one of the new artists of the colony whose work was likely to stimulate those around her with a deeper sense of regard for painting in the open air. At the 1923 Show Day she exhibited Summer Morning at St Ives, a painting that was to receive a Silver medal at the Paris Salon, and a portrait of Mr Jenner. She exhibited and travelled widely in France, America and Europe, and was admired for her bright palette of colours, influencing the group of painters that introduced fauvism and modernism in the San Francisco area, The Oakland Society.
works and access
Works include: Summer Morning at St Ives and A Portrait of Mr. Jenner (1923)
St Ives 1922, 1923
Monterey Guild, California
misc further info
St Ives Times 23 March 1923
Chanter, C (2012) His Beloved St Ives, The Painter Gerard Wagner (photo & painting image)
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p326)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History
Whybrow (1994) St Ives