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Florence Young 1872 - 1974
Florence Young Inlet
Florence Young Mount Whitney from the Alabama Hills
Mt. Whitney from the Alabama Hills
Florence Young Half Dome Yosemite
Half Dome, Yosemite
Florence Young Cabin in the Foothills
Cabin in the Foothills
Florence Young Eucalpytus and Mountain
Eucalyptus and Mountain
Florence Young Desertscape
Florence Young lived to be 101 years old.

After a year of study in Holland, Florence maintained a studio in Chicago for seven years where she studied with Nicolai Fechin at the Art Institute of Chicago. She then moved to the Los Angeles area, just south of Pasadena in the town of Alhambra.

In the early 20th century, Alhambra was quite the artist colony. In 1923, Florence made her studio home for the next thirty years on Granada Avenue. Just five blocks away were many of her artist friends and associates who lived on Champion place, later dubbed "Artist's Alley," where legendary artists Clyde Forsythe, Sam Hyde Harris, Frank Tenney Johnson, and Jack Wilkinson Smith maintained homes and studios.
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Associated with this "Artist Alley" group was Norman Rockwell, Clyde Forsythe's studio mate from his New York days, who would visit Artist Alley each winter to escape Massachusetts winters. Norman married a school teacher who lived on Champion Place named Mary Barstow.

From her studio base in Alhambra, Florence painted California scenes en plein air, northward to Monterey Bay, Carmel, Yosemite and even to the Gulf of Alaska. Like her neighbors on Alhambra's Artist's Alley, she loved painting California desert scenes.

In Who Was Who in American Art by Peter Falk, Florence Young's painting is likened to California painting giants Edgar Payne, William Wendt, Maurice Braun, Seldon Connor Gile, Percy Gray, the Wachtels, Hanson Puthuff, Sam Hyde Harris and more.

She has been exhibited widely, was a member of Women Painters of the West and the Society for Sanity in Art. Her work may be seen in the Orange County Museum, and the Iowa Museum. Source: AskArt.com

Article citing Florence Young with regards to her home in Alhambra, California near the homes of other artists, including those on Alhabra's "Artists Alley"