Born in Gladstone, IL on Jan. 4, 1869. Gearhart was a self-taught artist except for a few lessons from Henry Rankin Poor and Charles H. Woodbury. Upon settling in Pasadena in 1888, she studied at the State Normal School (now UCLA). She then taught English history at Los Angeles High School for many years. She painted watercolors until about 1916 and then found her forte in woodcuts. Her studio at 18 West California Street in Pasadena was headquarters for the Printmakers Society of California. Her failing eyesight in the 1940s curtailed her artistic output. She died in Pasadena on April 6, 1958. Her colored wood block prints are highly prized by print collectors.