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Elsie Palmer Payne (1884-1971) was a genre, portrait, and still life painter whose career was overshadowed by that of her husband, Edgar Payne. On their travels to Europe in the early 1920s, Elsie Payne concentrated on colorful scenes of the local people. Stylistically, her works are similar to turn-of-the-century American illustration with simple outlined forms and strong, bold coloration. (http://lagunaartmuseum.org/elsie-palmer-payne/)
Elsie Palmer Payne was born September 9, 1884 in San Antonio, Texas and was the youngest of 8 children. The Palmer family moved to San Francisco in 1889 where her father worked in real estate and her mother taught classes in art and music. At an early age, Payne was strongly influenced by art. After she graduated from high school in San Francisco, she attended the Best Art School there for her formal art training from 1903-1905. She pursued a classical curriculum starting with drawing from antique casts, life drawing, and the use of color. During and after her studies, she worked in advertising as a commercial artist from 1904-1907. In 1909, she met Edgar Payne in San Francisco and married him when she took a trip to Chicago in November 1912.
The couple lived in Chicago for five years where Elsie would assist Edgar with his mural commissions. She was the better half at figure drawing and would draw the figures while he painted them. Her work was similar to the style of American Illustration at the turn of the century and relied on lines and strong bold colors that focused on emotional appeal and decoration.
Moving to Laguna Beach in 1918, both Elsie and Edgar Payne were founding members of the Laguna Beach Art Association....
Elsie and Edgar separated in 1932. She then began to focus on oils and depicting local urban Los Angeles scenes. She showed at other venues such as the Woman Painters of the West where she was a founding member, and the California Art Club. In June 1934... (http://www.sternfinearts.com/elpapa1.html)