Eva Auld WATSON
Eva Auld Watson, printmaker, painter, and illustrator, was born on a Texas cattle ranch in 1889. Her artistic training began at the Pittsburg School of Design, and then at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where she studied with her future husband, Ernest Watson, whom she married in 1911. Their marriage was a true partnership of artistic vision and practice. As they raised their son, born in 1917, the pair printed and sold their block prints at Greywold, their summer home/studio in Monterey, Massachusetts, where Ernest had co-founded the Berkshire Summer School of Art. Although they shared a printmaking studio, using many of the same block printing techniques, Eva pursued her own path creating the vibrant, harmonious landscapes that distinguished her unique vision. With gradations of vivid color made by handling inked rollers with great sensitivity and skill, she created shimmering, painterly effects. She passed away in 1948 in New York City. Her work is held in the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.