watercolor on paper
9 x 12 inches
19.5 x 22.25 inches framed
signed and monogramed lower right
Laporte's Fine Art
Private collection, Connecticut
Wachtel trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, and under William Merritt Chase in New York. She was a member of the New York Watercolor Club.Later, she taught in public schools and at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1903 she journeyed to California, where she studied under William Keith, and Elmer Wachtel, whom she married in 1904.
She painted primarily figures and portraits in the east and then changed to landscapes of the dramatic Californian and Southwestern terrain. Her medium of choice was watercolor, but she began painting in oils after her husband’s death.
Wachtel was a involved in a number of arts organizations in the Southern California area, including the California Watercolor Society, Pasadena Society of Artists, the Academy of Western Painters, and the California Art Club.She was also a member of the New York Watercolor Club, in New York City.