Clara Mason

    Clara Mason Fox (1873-1959) was a schoolteacher, artist, poet, and author (“History of El Toro”) who lived in Laguna Beach and Silverado Canyon. In 2010, an intern cataloguing the collections at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden discovered more than 150 of her gorgeous—and at that point forgotten—botanical watercolors, pencil and tempera works on paper. Many currently are on display as part of the Huntington Library’s exhibition, “When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage” (through July 8). Fox’s great-great nephew, sculptor Jon Seeman and his wife, Lorraine Passero, inherited her sketchbooks, drawings, and other art. Passero has written a book for children about Fox’s life, “Clara Mason Fox: Pioneer, Painter and Poet of Orange County, California.”