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Joane Cromwell

Oil On Board
8'' X 10''
Signed Lower Left

Catherine Strode, whose pseudonym is Joane Cromwell, was born November 22, 1895, to Dr. William Smith Strode and Julia Brown Strode.  The birth took place in the small village of Bernadotte, Illinois, which is located near the county seat of Lewistown, Illinois.She grew up in Lewistown, studying nature from her father, who was a noted naturalist and medical doctor. At the early age of six, Catherine had shown an interest in sketching and drawing.  She graduated from school at the age of sixteen and began her art studies at the Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois.  She graduated from the Art Institute three years later with honors.

Catherine Strode moved to California and took the pseudonym, Joane Cromwell.  Cromwell was a family name dating back to Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England.

Joane continued her studies at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California.  Through the years she furthered her studies under the direction of art notables such as Anna A. Hills, Loren Holmwood, George Demont Otis, Edgar Payne, Jack Wilkinson Smith and in 1937 signed for a year's study with Hanson Puthuff.

Early on, she established herself as a painter of marine, landscape and portraiture.  She actively participated in the organization and growth of the annual "Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Association." From 1922-1956, she was a regular exhibitor at the Laguna Beach Art Gallery.  She served on the Board of Directors as well as a Juror of the Laguna Beach Art Association.  Through the years, she maintained studios at Glendale, Laguna Beach, Palm Springs and Hollywood

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