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Clarence Hinkle was born in Auburn, California on June 19, 1880.  Early in life Hinkle moved with his family to a ranch outside of Sacramento where his father had a carriage painting business.  When quite young he began art studies locally under W.F. Jackson at the Crocker Art Gallery.  Hinkle later moved to San Francisco and enrolled at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews.  This was followed by study at the Art Students League in New York City under William Merritt Chase and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he won the Cresson Scholarship for six years at Academie Colarossi and Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  While in Paris, he was greatly influenced by the Impressionists and Pointallists.  Upon his return to California in 1912, he opened a studio in San Francisco and began exhibiting locally.  His works were considered modern and quite daring during this period.  After moving to Los Angeles in 1917, he accepted a teaching position at the Los Angeles School of Art & Design and became an instructor at the newly founded Chouinard School of Art in 1921.  While continuing to teach in L.A., Hinkle was a resident of Laguna Beach (a street is named for him there) until his final move in 1935 to a newly built home overlooking the harbor of Santa Barbara.  During the 1940's he taught at the Santa Barbara School of Art and was active there until his death on July 20, 1960.