Elizabeth Vaughan Okie Paxton (1877 - 1971)
Floral Still Life, 1920
Oil on board
20 x 16 inches
Signed and inscribed at lower left: Elizabeth Paxton / Provincetown, 1920
Foster Brothers style frame
Private Collection, California
Private Dealer, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Paxton was part of the Boston school of painting, and specialized in subtly harmonized still lifes and graceful interior scenes. The domestic tenor of her works is enhanced by an innate sense of color and balance.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Paxton studied painting at the Cowles art school in Boston. She furthered her painterly education with private classes from Edmund Tarbell and Philip Leslie Hale. Paxton was married to fellow artist William McGregor Paxton with whom she also studied. She won a silver medal at the Pan-Pacific exposition in 1915, amongst other awards.
This lush still life was painted in Provincetown where Paxton and her husband spent many summers. A vase filled with vibrant summer blooms is set against a subtly modeled gray ledge and background. Paxton captures details of space, light and texture, yet abstracts the edges and details of flowers in a more impressionist manner. The total effect is both dramatic and harmonic, a masterful study in contrasts.