Rowena Meeks Abdy
Rowena Fischer Meeks Abdy (April 24, 1887 – August 18, 1945) was an American modernist painter. She primarily painted landscapes and worked in Northern California.
She was born in Vienna, Austria in 1878. Her parents, John and Anna Meeks, were Americans. The family lived in Europe for eleven years after Abdy was born, living in Vienna, Dresden, Paris, and London. In the eleventh year, the family moved to San Francisco, California. Abdy attended the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art. In 1906 she met Arthur F. Matthews, whom she would study under.
Abdy was considered a historian on early California, which she often displayed in her artwork. She primarily painted landscapes, with a focus on the landscapes of Northern California, including coastal towns, Spanish missions, and the scenery of San Francisco.