Artists Homes and the Artists

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The Skinner home on Olive Street is on the right. Charlotte B. Skinner was born in San Franciso, June 17, 1879. She died in Atascadero, California, August 19, 1963.

(ed. note) I have much information about Charlotte and will present most of it. It would be nice to have a picture of her. I think there might relatives living in the San Francisco area. If anyone knows, please email me. (see opening page for email)
It happened! See below to link to photos of Charlotte.

The following is a tribute to Charlotte by fellow artist and lifelong resident of Morro Bay, Nadine Richards. It was located by Jude Long, Morro Branch Library manager.

June 26, 1982..... Placed in the same category as my own dear mother, Charlotte Skinner was one of the most beautiful people, from within--as well as externally, I have ever known. From every point of view and despite the fact that she was of my mother's generation her friendship constituted one of the finest relationships I've known in the course of an entire lifetime. Charlotte was born and raised in the city of San Francisco, living for years in a lovely spacious house, on a hillside directly overlooking the embarcadero and bay of San Francisco. Misfortune in the family caused Charlotte largely to be raised by two maiden aunts and a grandmother, all Victorian ladies. Their influence in manner, dress and behavior, was noteworthy and remarkable throughout her lifetime. In her childhood and youth this careful nurturing, plus natural talent and good taste, seemed inevitably to lead her into the field of the arts of both music and graphic arts and painting in particular. Do not recall the precise details, but imagine it was through competitive effort that she finally won scholarships that enabled her to complete an education in art at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco, (now the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute). This apparently included certification for the teaching of art. This career she pursued for a number of years prior to her marriage to a most colorful, interesting and exciting man from the mining and back country, Lone Pine, California. He had come to the city to study privately under the famous blind sculptor, Putman. William Lyle Skinner, a storybook character, if there ever was such?? Tall, ruggedly handsome Billy, in his compelling way and with his endless collection of perfectly fabulous yearns and stories always had a charmed and enraptured audience. Billy's father, an early pioneer, rancher and miner in Inyo County, mining was the continuing interest and business for many years for the family.

(ed. note--I can attest to this, as our family visited their home one Christmas. He had a huge collection of Derringer pistols. A monster tree was two stories tall in the living room. He also always brought home Desert Holly. I have only been able to find this on Death Valley's floor.)

.......The lovely dignified home of the Skinners on Olive Street in Morro Bay was frequently the scene for gatherings of many prominent people in the art and business world. As both student and teacher at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute, as well as having been born and raised in San Francisco when it was the acknowledged cultural center of the entire west, Charlotte Skinner was personally acquainted with or had had casual contact with more celebrities in the art and music world of her generation, than any person I've known. But she always remained the warm, gracious, charming, beautiful person of which her life and character and art were a most eleoquent expression. Nadine Richards, June 1982.

photos of Charlotte

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