Born in Tacoma, Washington on January 13, 1906, Lydia Cooley, by the 1930s, had settled in New York City where she studied at the Art Students League under John Sloan. Her portraits of women, children and the working class are of the Ash Can school and show the influence of her teacher, John Sloan. While there, she met her husband-to-be, graphic artist and children's book author Don Freeman. She co-authored several of her husband's children's books (Chuggy and the Blue Caboose
, Pet of the Met
) and illustrated two children's books (Onion Journey
by Julia Cunningham, and Wind in My Hand
by Hanako Fukuda).
The couple moved to Santa Barbara in 1958. After her husband's death in 1978
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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