Clara Caffrey Pancoast

Gunthers Mill on The San Antonio River
Signed C.C. Pancoast



      Clara Caffrey Pancoast (1873-1959) was born in Louisiana on a plantation and moved to San Antonio in 1888.

    Clara Pancoast studied art & music at the Home Institute in New Orleans, LA. and was one of Jose Arpa's prize students during the 1920's in San Antonio, Texas, entering her canvases in many local, state and national exhibits, including the important Edgar B. Davis competition.

    Pancoast was a journalist at the San Antonio Express News and the San Antonio Light. A writer by profession, an artist by choice and retired from writing in 1926 and became a full time artist. She is best known for her impressionistic landscapes bursting with color. She also painted florals, old buildings, the missions of San Antonio and occasionally people were included in her subjects.

     For one year Pancoast taught art at Sul Ross School of Art in Alpine, Texas.


    Over the years the works of Pancoast have been discovered and appreciated by collectors after Richard Plumly, Fine Arts of Texas, purchased 60 paintings in 1996 and found collectors immediately interested and most sold within a month. There have been numerous exhibits including her works. Her paintings are illustrated in art books: "Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West"; "Art For History's Sake"; and the "Dictionary of Texas Artists by Grauer, and others.

          Pancoast Exhibited her works at the San Antonio Art League; Texas Fine Arts Association; Edgar B. Davis Competion at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas and the Southern States Art League.

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