Liliane Flaherty Kirby
SNOWY CHICAGO AFTERNOON
ELEVATED (L) ROAD – WATER TOWER
Look familiar ?
Like -- maybe another winter expedition
by the Plein Air Painters of Chicago ?
Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower
Well.... kind of....
only these watercolors were done
many decades ago
by Liliane Kirby,
the winner of our Gold Medal Award in 1977,
who recently celebrated
her 100th birthday.
Queen of the Missions, Santa Barbara
She grew up in Chicago,
attended the Art Institute and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts,
and like many other leading Chicago artists,
won a purchase award from the Union League Club.
for some reason
(perhaps the Chicago winters ???)
she moved to the West Coast,
(as many other historic P&C members had done)
and her landscapes turned from frosty
to bright, warm, and sunny.
Santa Barbara Wharf
Yes... she's really good,
and it's rather incredible
that this page is currently
the only place on the internet
where her work can be found.
Harbor ,Santa Barbara
View from Loma Alta, Santa Barbara
Chinatown, San Francisco
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Ross Castle Ruin, Killarney, Ireland
Happy Birthday, Liliane Kirby!
Let's hope the rest of us
live as long,
and paint as well,
as you have.
(and this painting
was donated to the P&C
by the artist)
(this image was sent by a collector)