She worked in oils, watercolors, and tempera before settling on her technique with vegetation.
Stockton was born in El Dorado Springer, Colorado, to David and Jennie Ferguson who ran the Grand View Hotel. She also spent time in Durango and Silverton, and later moved to Denver where she studied at the Cory School. As an artist in Colorado, she was known for her sun paintings, depictions of the Mount of the Holly Cross, Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde, and the Gateway to the Garden of the Gods.
In 1918, she married Roscoe Stockton, a public school teacher, and remained in Denver until 1941, when she became a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico. There she was a student of Robert Graham, Adma Green Kerr, and Eliot O’Hara, and her subject matter became oriented to the Southwest including Mission at Ranchos de Taos, Indian figures, and “Old Tesuque Plaza,” a cover for the “New Mexico” magazine in January, 1949. She married Howard Fatheree in 1950 and remained a resident of Santa Fe until her death.
In 1953, the television show “This is Your Life” featured her story; she was an honorary member of the Sioux Indian nation, and five short films were made of her as a working artist making her sun paintings.
Source: “Women Artists of the American West” by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick. Courtesy, Robert Stanfield of Owings-Dewey Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.