Christine Miller High
Plein Air Watercolor
Christine Miller High (1911-2010) spent most of her life in Marin and San Francisco. She studied at Miss Burke’s School where she began her art training and then continued her high school studies at Katherine Branson School. After graduating from high school she traveled extensively in the Orient and the Dutch West Indies and upon her return to SF entered the Fashion Art School for several years of study under Maria von Ridelstein. During summer sessions she had the opportunity to study under visiting instructor and master Eliot O’Hara. Her biography is included in Edan Hughes’ book Artists in California, 1786-1940. (See below.) Ms. High was a member of the Society of Western Artists.
Her plein air watercolors explore scenes of Tahoe, Marin County and 1940s San Francisco, and were acknowledged with the awarding of a one-woman show at the de Young Museum in 1941, although it was never installed because of the outbreak of World War II. Her work was shown at the Oakland Museum.
These rare vintage paintings, courtesy of the High family, are being exhibited for the first time in decades. They are done mostly on heavy weight Veritable Papier D’Arches Torchon paper. Certain works are signed by the artist.