|Alice Blair Thomas|
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Oil on board
18 x 24 inches
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Self-taught landscape painter, Alice Mary Blair Pollard Thomas was born on October 1, 1857, in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, growing up in Ontario. Her earliest works, from the 1890s, were landscapes around Toronto, Canada. She painted in other parts of Canada, during her years there, as well as in Europe, England, Scotland and India.
She lived in Nebraska, 1893-1897, but there are no extant pictures. She painted the mountains of western Washington before moving to Los Angeles. She would emphasize southern California landscapes; the High Sierra; Monterey Peninsula scenes; and Laguna Beach scenes. For twenty years, she worked essentially in watercolors, afterward in oil. Thomas helped found the British Columbia Society of Artists, and Woman's Art Association, Toronto.
Her early education came from a governess and Bishop Strachan's School, in Wykeham Hall, Ontario. In 1887, she married Adolphus Richard Thomas, an English-born Canadian gentleman, spending much of her time as wife and mother. After living for an extended period in Toronto and then Vancouver, she moved to Los Angeles in 1917 to be with her daughter and granddaughter, living there for the rest of her life. She died April 19, 1945, in Los Angeles.
One of Alice Thomas's paintings of the Rocky Mountains was exhibited in 1928 in the Berlin Museum, Germany.
Exhibited: Toronto Industrial Exhibition; Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Ontario Society of Artists; Women's Art Association, Toronto; Montreal Art Association; British Columbia Society of Artists; Dore Gallery and Grosvenor Gallery, London; Pasadena Art Institute, California; Grace Nicholson Galleries; Pasadena; Kanst Gallery; West Coast Arts, Inc.; MacDowell Club; Gardena High School; California Art Club; Southwest Museum.