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CATHERINE MOORE RICHTER 
 May 15, 1888 - January 14, 1990

 

Catherine Irene Moore was born in La Veta, Colorado, on May 15, 1888.  Her parents John and Irena Moore moved from Kansas to this small town which was as far west as the train went in 1880. Catherine showed her creative aptitude early, devising ways to entertain herself while her parents worked.

When Catherine was about 4 years old, the family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado.  John Moore soon became prominent in the city, as the manager of the Grand Junction Fruit Growers Association.
 

 Catherine attended Colorado State Teachers College and after obtaining her Bachelor's of Pedagogy Degree, she studied drawing, design, and interior decoration for 3 years at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.  Catherine also took courses at the Gregg Business School, and used the skills learned to help her father in his produce business.  And she used the shorthand she learned throughout her life in her sketchbook and travel notes.

In 1915 Catherine married artist Henry Richter and with her husband, taught at Normal School of Colorado at Gunnison (which became Western State College and later Western State Colorado University) in Gunnison, Colorado.  After they were married, she took over Henry's teaching responsibilities to give him more time to paint.  They moved in 1919 and taught at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Then in 1920 the Richters moved to Long Beach, California where Catherine taught at Polytechnic High School for several years.  She retired from teaching to raise her family, who moved to Rolling Hills, California.  After Henry passed away in 1960, she settled in the art community of Laguna Beach, California.

Throughout her life, Catherine continued to express her creativity in many ways.  After her husband died, she became a student again, living in Mexico to study watercolor painting, lithography, Mexican history, and Spanish.  Catherine made many trips over the next 20 years and documented her travels with notebooks filled with descriptions, and sketches which resulted any painting, drawings, and notecards.

Catherine was self-taught in many art forms.  She learned woodcarving from a book and in 1915 hand-carved a china cabinet. Her other artistic works include writing and illustrating books, designs for notepaper, watercolor paintings, lithography, china painting, jewelry, weaving, and other crafts. She continued to produce works of art until her passing on January 14, 1990, at 101 years old.

 


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