Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1890. Died in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1986. Coombs studied painting in Gananoque, near Kingston, and then took courses at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto (1913–1918), where she became an assistant instructor in 1920. She continued her training at the New York School of Fine & Applied Arts in 1929 and after returning to Toronto, resumed her work as a professor at the Ontario College of Art. Her painting was greatly influenced by the Group of Seven. Her most original works were without a doubt her still lifes of flowers. Coombs worked with a variety of artist’s materials such as oil, watercolour, pastel, charcoal, pencil and ink. She also completed a number of murals and lithographs.

Fire Swept - 1930s, oil on masonite. Art Gallery of Hamilton
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