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Georgia Totto OKeeffe was born in the year on November 15 1887 She was one of seven children OKeeffes aunt was mostly responsible for raising her OKeeffe did not care much for her aunt though she once referred to her as the headache of my life She did however have some respect for her aunts strict and self disciplined character OKeeffe was given her own room and less responsibility The younger sisters had to do more chores and share close living conditions A younger sister stated that OKeeffe always wanted things her way and if she didnt get them her way shed raise the devil It was found through family and friends that OKeeffe was like this throughout much of her life OKeeffe began her training early with private art lessons at home The foundation of her future as an artist was made When OKeeffe was in the eighth grade she asked a daughter of a farm employee what she was going to do when she grew up The girl said she didnt know OKeeffe replied very definitely I am going to be an artist--I dont really know where I got my artist ideaI only know that by that time it was definitely settled in my mind She entered the Sacred Heart Academy an art school in Madison Wisconsin in 1901 At school she discovered her blooming talent for artwork Her art seemed to be the only stable element in OKeeffes younger life In 1902 her parents moved to Virginia and were joined by the children in 1903 By the age of 16 OKeeffe had 5 years of private art lessons at various schools in Wisconsin and Virginia One particular teacher Elizabeth Willis encouraged her to work at her own pace and granted her opportunities that the other students felt were unfair At times she would work intensely and at other times she would not work for days When it
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