Ellen Vaughan Grayson
1894 - 1995
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Vaughan Grayson was born in 1894 into one of the prominent families in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, who collected the art of Paul Peel, Vermeer, and Cornelius Krieghof.
With an interest in art from early childhood, she undertook formal training at Columbia University, New York and at St. Margaret’s College in Toronto with the modernist artist Marion Long. Returning to Saskatchewan, she was hired as the first woman art instructor at the University of Regina. She wrote two textbooks on art education which were used throughout the province for many years.
Later, she established a studio at Oyama on Kalamalka Lake and painted often, alone, throughout the Rockies and the Okanagan Valley. Her bold, strong landscapes show the influence of Carl Rungius, Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. Muted colours and a sure handling of paint and composition show her natural talent.
She exhibited with the Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers in Canada as well as in the Okanagan and Kootenay art exhibitions. The Kelowna Art Gallery held a stunning retrospective of her work in 1985 which was attended by the artist.