This biography from the Crocker Art Museum Store:
Painter, muralist. Born in San Francisco, CA on Sept. 6, 1886. 'Gene' Baker studied at the CCAC under Xavier Martinez. It was in Martinez's studio where she met Francis John McComas whom she married in 1917 at the Palace Hotel. Prior to her marriage she lived in Oakland for many years and was a journalist for the Oakland Tribune. The couple settled on the Monterey Peninsula into a home in Pebble Beach but traveled extensively gathering subject matter in Europe, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and the South Seas. Best known as a landscapist, she also painted portraits and still lifes.
She died in Monterey, CA on March 21, 1982.
Member: Carmel AA; SFAA; Nat'l Society of Mural Painters. Exh: Gump's (SF), 1924 (solo); O'Toole Gallery (NYC), 1938 (solo); GGIE, 1939; CPLH, 1940 (solo); AIC, 1942 (solo); De Young Museum, 1952 (solo); Pasadena Art Inst., 1954 (solo).
Works Held: Monterey Peninsula Museum; Mills College (Oakland); Oakland Museum; Pebble Beach Lodge; Orange Co. (CA) Museum. WAA; WWAA 1940-62; KOV; CAR; Monterey Peninsula Herald, 3-23-1982 (obit).