Katherine Foster Clarke was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sept. 6, 1896. Katherine Foster grew up in Chicago and began her art studies there in 1908 at the Art Institute.
While at that school she met her husband-to-be, Marquis D. Clarke. She further studied in Paris before settling in Pasadena in the late 1930s. During WWII she did weather maps at California Institute of Technology. The crystals she observed in the geology department became her painting forte.
After the war she taught art for 30 years at Adult Education Center at Pasadena City College and in other public schools.
She died there on Dec. 13, 1990.
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