Georgia O’Keefe Quotes

Georgia, born on November 15, 1887, was the second child of seven children. By the age of three she already said she wanted to be an artist. Georgia did not start school until she was nearly 15 years old. Her mother insisted that Georgia have more training in art than was offered at the one room school that she was attending.

Shortly after Georgia began school, her family moved from Wisconsin to Williamsburg, Virginia. Her parents enrolled her in a boarding school for girls in the nearby town of Chatham, Virginia. She was not a troubled or problem teen she was just very talented and needed extra attention. In fact, her personality was one of being quiet at first but then she was very popular with her classmates because she made them laugh. While at the boarding school, Georgia painted for hours not hearing what the other students were doing or saying around her. In 1905, after graduating from Chatham, Georgia went to Chicago to study at the Art Institute.  In 1907, Georgia moved to New York City where she became a member of the Art Students’ League, a popular art school of that time period. While there, she studied with William Martin Chase who taught her how to make her paintings brighter by using white paint and how to paint still lifes of objects. Georgia won first prize at the Art Student League for one of her paintings after studying with William Martin Chase.

She moved back to New York in 1914 to study with Arthur Wesley Dow. In 1915, she became a teacher at a women’s college in South Carolina. In 1916, Georgia took a job as a teacher at West Texas State Normal College. While in the west, she began to paint the nature of the canyons and landscapes of the area. In 1918, she moved back to New York and married Alfred Stieglitz, the owner of an art gallery.

”Anyone who doesn't feel the crosses simply doesn't get that country. ”

”I believe I would rather have Stieglitz like something - anything I had done - than anyone else I know.”

”I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.”