Rowena Meeks Abdy
Rowena Meeks Abdy (April 24, 1887 – August 18, 1945) was an American modernist painter known for her landscape paintings of Northern California including coastal towns, Spanish missions, and the scenery of San Francisco.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Abdy’s parents encouraged her natural artistic talent from a young age. After prolonged stays in Vienna, Dresden, Paris, and London the family moved to San Francisco, California, in the 1890s. Abdy studied painting at the California School of Design in the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art. Abdy spent her artistic career travelling through the Pacific Northwest to paint the local landscapes, including mining towns, the Sierra Nevada, and street scenes in oils, watercolors and mixed-media drawings which appeared in over fifty exhibitions throughout California from 1908 to the mid-1940s.