Born in Sidney Plains, NY in 1849, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Mary Fish studied art in New York. She and her mother made the train ride to California in 1875 and settled in Santa Barbara, joining her brother who had settled there two years earlier.
Mary soon began studying painting with Henry Chapman Ford. Maintaining a studio in her home in the Keeler cottage on Anapamu Street, she gave lessons in painting, drawing, and sketching. The artist had a studio in Los Angeles in 1886-93.
Returning to Santa Barbara, she died in Carpinteria on April 10, 1895.
Her work includes portraits in India ink, crayon and watercolor; landscapes of Yosemite, Santa Barbara, and Tecolote Canyon; adobe
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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