Artist's Biographical Sketch
In the last few years, my pursuits have come full circle, back to the passion for art that drove my actions early in life. During the '60's and early '70's, I operated a pottery and weaving studio in La Crosse,Wisconsin, studied serigraph production and sculpture, and taught numerous community classes in clay and fiber. In addition, I owned a supply shop for pottery and weaving. By 1973-74, I was teaching art in a mission school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. My experiences there led me to re-direct my career into counseling, with an international emphasis, and I earned a Master's from UW-La Crosse and a PhD from Iowa State University upon return to the US. While many assignments during the next years were psychological and educational in nature, I maintained an active role in the arts, serving as a Dean at the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, managing arts grants in Fresno, California, and collecting Latin American Art. I went on to a consulting career, delivering over 3,000 seminars nationally and abroad. I published seven books and over 250 articles during this period as well, and appeared on radio and TV interview shows. Upon retirement, we lived in Puerto Vallarta for 5 ½ years, returning to California in 2009. Here, I have returned to my first love, art, and have held a number of one-woman shows. My work has appeared in regional and national juried shows, and garnered several prestigious awards. I offer a one-day Watercolor Boot Camp several times yearly, as well as classes in Abstract Watercolor.My newest workshop combines psychology and art: Slaying the Dragons, overcoming the insecurities and fears that plague creatives.
Whether I'm working in wood, watercolor, or photography, I'm exploring the boundary between art and psychology. In painting, I most closely follow the style known as Lyrical Abstraction. Rather than represent the surface of things, I want to provide insight into what's underneath, what motivates and matters. I'm happiest when, in addition to illuminating psychological truth, the work speaks to environmental and relationship concerns as well. In short, my art is meant to resonate with both inner truth, the psychological, and outer truth, being in the world in a responsible way.
Recent Exhibition Record
International and National Juried Shows
Magnum Opus Sacramento Fine Arts Center International Open Show, February 20-March 18, 2018. Honorable Mention, Narrative.
Trinity Episcopal Church National Juried Exhibition presented in conjunction with Beatnik Studios, Sacramento, CA Oct.3-26, 2017
57th Stockton Art League Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA July 5- Sept.12, 2012
ARC Gallery, San Francisco, Masquerade Show, October, 2012
Area and Regional Shows, including Juried Shows
Stockton Art League Regional Juried Show, Sept. 5-28, 2017
Artistic Edge Framing and Gallery, Sacramento, Ca, May, 2017, Floral Paintings
Sacramento Fine Arts Center, WASH open juried show Sept-Oct., 2016
Artistic Edge Framing and Gallery, Sacramento, CA, April-May 2016
Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, Ca. August 2015 Featured Artist
Sacramento Fine Arts Center Open Show, Jan.6-24, 2015.
Arts of Bear Valley Window Gallery. Arnold, CA. Oct.1-31, 2014.
Go With The Flow- WASH Open Show (juried) Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sept.1-24, 2014
Big Trees Fine Arts Show (Arts of Bear Valley). Big Trees State Park, CA.
Bear Valley Music Festival Fine Arts Show.(juried) July 15-Aug.10, 2014.
Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, Open Fine Art Competition Show, June7-27, 2014.
54th Spring Art Annual (juried), Lodi Community Art Center, April 11-13, 2014.
Central California Art Showcase (juried), Carnegie Arts Center and Central California Art Association, April 2-May 11, 2014.
Art Expressions of San Joaquin, Hilton Hotel, Stockton, CA Jan-Feb., 2014
Elsie May Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, CA Juried Show Stockton Art League, September 3-26, 2013.
Fine Arts Festival, San Joaquin Potters Guild, November 22-23, 2013
60th Annual Spring Art Show (juried), The Central California Art Association at the Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, CA May 4-June 13, 2013
Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA Art Hop Sept. 2, 2011
Elsie May Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, CA Juried Show Stockton Art League Sept 6-29, 2011
Misty Redwood Glen Gallery, Murphys, CA September-November, 2011
Elsie May Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, CA October, 2011
Lodi Community Art Center, Lodi, CA Small Works Show (Juried) October 20-December 30, 2011
Elsie May Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, CA November-December 2011 Small Works Show (donated piece)
Sonora Opera Hall, Sonora, CA Mother Lode Art Association 59 Annual Juried Art Exhibit, October 28-30, 2011
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts Tracy, CA December 3, 2011 Holiday Art Sale
Tidewater Gallery, Stockton, CA November 18-December 23, 2011
Delicato Vineyards 24 Annual Fine Art Show (Juried) Jan.15-Feb. 4, 2012
San Joaquin County Administration Building, January 2012
San Joaquin County Administration Building, March 2012
Oakwilde Ranch 5 Annual Spring Sculpture Show (Juried) March 31-May 11, 2012
University of the Pacific, Sustainable Urban Art Show March 27, 2012 (Juried)
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA Spring Juried Art Show, April, 2012
Central California Art Association 59 Annual Spring Art Show, Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, CA (Juried) May5-June 15, 2012
Lodi Community Art Center's 52 Spring Art Annual (Juried) at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Winery, May 12-13, 2012
19 Annual Mayor's Art Show and Sale, Lathrop, CA April 30-May 11, 2012
David Lucas Winery/Arturo Vera Invitational Show, Lodi, CA May6-7, 2012
Antioch Historical Society Museum, Celebration of Art June 30-July 25, 2012
San Joaquin County Administration Building, June, 2012
Stockton Steelhead Festival (Environmental Art) University of the Pacific, October 7, 2012
Mother Lode Art Association 60 Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Sonora, California, October 12- 21 , 2012
2012 Fine Arts Festival (juried), sponsored by the San Joaquin Potters Guild, Stockton, CA, November 16-17, 2012
Lodi Community Art Center 53rd Spring Art Annual (juried), at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, April 19-21, 2013
60th Annual Spring Art Show (juried) at Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, CA, sponsored by Central California Art Association, May 4-June 13, 2013
Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, California, May, 2018
Featured Artist of the Month, Elsie Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, CA, July 2017.
Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, California, April, 2017
Featured Artist of the Month, Elsie Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, CA, Nov. 2016.
Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, California, July, 2016
Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, California, April, 2015
Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, California, May, 2014
Deborah Marlene's, Mokelumne Hill, California, April, 2014
Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA Art Hop December2, 2011
City of Stockton Cesar Estrada Chavez Public Library, January 3-30, 2012 Childrens' Library and Main Entrance Exhibit Cases
Featured Artist of the Month, Elsie May Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, CA, February 7-26, 2012.
Ygnacio Valley Library, Walnut Creek, California. May 1-30, 2012.
Lodi Public Library, June 1-30, 2012.
Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, Ca Art Hop September, 2012
Featured Artist of the month, Elsie Goodwin Gallery, Stockton, CA, Feb. 2012 "Musical Moods and Magical Places"
Art Expressions of San Joaquin, March 18-April 30, 2012, County Administration Building, Stockton, CA
Hilton Hotel, Stockton, CA, Jan-Feb, 2014
Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Magnum Opus show, Feb.20-March 18, 2018. Honorable Mention, Seekers.Sacramento Fine Arts Center, WASH open show April 2014, Honorable Mention Old pot with Iris.
Stockton Art League, Fall Juried Show, Sept.3-26, 2013. Honorable Mention, Fantasy Falls. Honorable Mention, Old pot with Iris.
Mother Lode Art Association 59 Annual Juried Art Exhibit, October 28-30, 2012 Sonora CA
Jurors: Gil Dellinger, Tina Moore Honorable Mention for Layered Faults-Vietnam
Lodi Community Art Center Small Works Show October 20-December 30, 2011 Lodi, CA
Second Place, Mixed Media for Tunic
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock 30 Annual Spring Juried Art Show April 11-June 10, 2012. Third Place, Oils/Acrylics
Lodi Community Art Center's 52 Spring Art Annual at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Winery, May 12-13, 2012, Honorable Mention for Exhilaration, Spring.
Central California Art Association Spring Show, Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, CA , May 5-June 15, 2012. First Place, nonobjective watercolor, Layered Faults- Vietnam.
57th Stockton Art League Exhibit at the Haggin Museum, August, 2012, Shirley Parkinson Memorial Award for Watercolor.
Service as Juror for Art Shows
Awards Juror, Senior Art Show, Senior Awareness Day, San Joaquin County, at Micke Grove Park, Lodi, CA May 31, 2012
Acceptance Juror, Tidewater Art Collaborative Veteran's Show, Stockton, CA July 2012