Elizabeth Freedley Price
Elizabeth Freedley Price. Photo by Linda Kirchner, New Hope Gazette, 02/18/82, courtesy of James A. Michener Art Museum archives
BORN: January 1, 1891, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DIED: July 18, 1988, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Freedley Price (Betty Moore Price), daughter of artist George Freedley, began sketching at age five. She claimed to have learned more about painting from her father and other New Hope artists than from her formal training at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. Her earlier, primitive style evolved to a more impressionistic style, influenced by Monet. Working in watercolors and oils, she chose traditional florals, landscapes, and still-life subjects characterized by her own free, inventive approach using vibrant colors (oranges, yellows, bright blues, and greens) and broad, angular brush strokes. The subjects for her floral paintings came from her own gardens. She grew tall bearded irises and specialized in breeding new pink specimens through experiments in cross-pollination. She married R. Moore Price, brother of painter M. Elizabeth Price and of Frederic Newlin Price, owner of the Ferargil Gallery in New York. She was active in Bucks County's Phillips Mill art community and continued to exhibit and paint well into her nineties, often signing her paintings Elizabeth Freedley.