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Elisabeth Paxton Oliver was born in Glasgow, Virginia. Because of the bias against women artists in her time, she, like S.E. Smith, used initials to conceal her gender, hoping to have her work judged on its own merits. Early in her career, she did Orientalist-style oil paintings based upon a trip to Morocco; according to family lore, one of these was selected by the jury for the Paris Salon. Later in life, Oliver moved to Tryon, North Carolina and found success with watercolor paintings of birds like the Black-Capped Chickadees, following in the footsteps of master ornithological painters John James...
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Like the quintessential American ornithological artist John James Audubon, Elisabeth Paxton Oliver based her paintings of birds upon careful observation in the wild and further deliberation in her studio. Having once had a work refused for exhibition because of an incorrect number of wing feathers, she strove thereafter to be as specific as possible in her depictions. Local youth in Tryon, North Carolina, where she spent the last decades of her life, often helped by bringing her specimens for her detailed realistic watercolors of various species. While her work is represented in several museums including both the Norton and the...
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