Joane Cromwell was born in Lewistown, Illinois on November 22, 1895, the daughter of Julia Brown and William Smith Strode.  Joane Strode studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at about 1920 moved to Southern California where she was the pupil of Anna Hills, Edgar Payne, and J.W. Smith at the Otis Art Institute.  She lived in the Southern California cities of Hollywood, Dana Point, and Laguna Beach.  Her married names are Blakley, Christian, Cromwell, and, during her final years, she was Mrs. Morris Liddle.  She was a resident of Laguna at the time of her death in nearby Santa Ana on December 23, 1969.  

Member: Laguna Beach Art Association (charter member and curator).  

Exhibited: Artists Fiesta, Los Angeles, 1931; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1940; Laguna Beach Art Gallery, 1922-61; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  

Awards: five gold medals, Ebell Club of Los Angeles.  

Works held: Laguna Art Museum; Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce; Sunset Canyon Country Club; Santa Anita Race Tracks (murals); Hollywood Park Race track (murals).