Still-Life with Apples in a Basket, Bowls and Plates
Artist: Lillian Gertrude Prest Ferguson
Technique: Oil on Canvas
Size: 25″ x 30″
Frame: Carved Wooden American Frame
A painter and craftsman, Lillian Ferguson was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and was educated in a convent in Winnipeg where she began painting in 1885. She took private lessons in Toronto with W.L. Forster and later taught at the Winnipeg Art School.
She married attorney Peter Ferguson, and the couple spent a lot of time in Scotland and Paris. She studied under Jules Lefebvre at the Academy Julian in Paris and in Holland with Alexander Robinson.
Sometime before 1911, the couple settled in Southern California. Her husband died in 1918, and she built a home and studio in Laguna Beach where she spent the rest of her life. Her studio had the first pottery kiln in the city, and she made bowls, lamps, and urns.