Ella Maie Hyatt Lapham (1915-1993)

      Ella Maie was a 6th Generation Texan Born in Waelder, Texas. She and her parents, Maudie and Leonard Hyatt moved to San Antonio, Texas when she was a girl living in Olmos Park in San Antonio. Ella Maie first worked commercially at Studers Studios in San Antonio hand-painting photograph portraits. Her pencil drawings in her teens demonstrated her natural talents and remarkable skills.

      In the 1960's she was Director of the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, Texas and life-time member and lived on the Lapham Ranch near Camp Verde, Texas. She brought many artists to teach in Ingram every Summer. Such artists as Leonard Brooks, Fred Samuelson, Kent Bowman and others. The artists would stay on the Lapham Ranch when teaching art at the Point in Ingram.

      Ella Maie continued painting until her death in 1993 where she had a studio in her Lincoln Heights home in San Antonio, painting landscapes, still-life's, portraits, interiors and other subjects. Her mediums were mostly pastels and acrylics.

      She was an intelligent, colorful person in San Antonio and loved by all.

      Biography by her son, Richard Plumly.


          Painted in Her Santa Fe, NM Studio-c.1985


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