Emily Elinor Syminton (1916-2002)- New Mexico Landscape c 1930 Charcoal on Paper P2923
Sumptuously rendered. Measures 7" x 14 1/2", 13" x 20 1/2" framed. Featured in Maurine St. Gaudens' "Emerging From The Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working In California, 1860-1960" on page 1094 in Volume IV.
The daughter of a founder of the Richfield Oil Company, Californian Emily Symington found her vocation early, enrolling at Chouinard Art Institute upon graduating from high school, continuing her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and returning to Scripps College in California to study under Millard Sheets whose influence is seen clearly in her work. She went to New York to teach and then quite adventurously to Las Vegas where she found employment designing and painting murals for the casinos at the Sahara and the Dunes and the Riviera. Moving to Pasadena, for a period of six years she was married to fellow artist George Groat during which she added his surname to her signed work, reverting to Syminton upon their divorce.
A painter, muralist and teacher, her oeuvre included Mexican and Californian and Southwest architectural scenes, figurative, abstract and genre. She exhibited widely in California during her lifetime.
Biography sourced from Maurine St. Gaudens.