Edith Lake Wilkinson was a post-Victorian, West Virginia native artist who specialized in various printmaking methods, particularly white line block printing. She was formally trained in the Art Students League in NYC, where she began developing a painting style that emphasizes broad swathes of color and general strokes. After studying at the Teacher's College at Columbia, Wilkinson took art classes in Massachusetts that would influence her to create a series of charcoal drawings inspired by the design principles of Japanese art. While the work she created in NYC and Europe featured a more muted palette, her years in MA would shine through a new body of work via bright, optimistic color palettes. Wilkinson returned to WV in 1935, where she would spend the next 22 years before passing away at the age of 89.