Ella K. Mewhinney (1891-1962), Bluebonnets, oil on board, 3 x 4 in., frame: 4 x 5 in.
Ella Marie Koepke Mewhinney was born in Nelsonville, Texas and reared in Bartlett, Texas. At age seventeen, she was a student of Mary A. Bishop at Texas Presbyterian College, Milford, from which Mewhinney received a baccalaureate in 1910. She taught afterward in Bartlett and Granger. In the summer of 1911 she studied flower and china painting under Kathryn E. Cherry and still-life and landscape painting under Frank L. Phoenix in St. Louis. In 1913, Mewhinney moved back to Texas and settled in Holland. After study in Chicago, she spent six weeks in 1919 at the Art Students League of New York, where she was a student of George Brandt Bridgeman and sketched with Hans Peter Hansen.