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Thursday, January 10, 2013


Presented by the four women photographers
featured in the

Currently on exhibit at
Fine Art Photography Gallery
8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA 94573
Mumm Napa Winery
will be hosting a lecture series presented by the four women photographers currently on exhibit in the 
Fine Art Photography Gallery at Mumm Napa. 
The lectures will focus on their unique photographic techniques, compositions and passions.  
The lectures are open to the public.
RSVP to 707-967-7740 to attend  
 Sharon Beals and Thea Schrack will be speaking on 
Saturday, January 19th at 5:30 p.m.

 Susan Friedman and Brigitte Carnochan on  
Saturday, February 16th at 5:30 p.m.

All are invited! and Happy New Year

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Affordable Art Fair LA

Anelle Gandelman Fine Art will be showing my work along with 7 other artists at AAF-LA.

January 18-22, 2012

Booth # B-6

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I feel like San Francisco had record days of fog this summer. For me that means I got to paint extended hours in the greenhouse studio with out over heating. I have never been happier, working into the afternoon hours, and having plenty of time to work on the FALL LINE UP!!!

Opening September 30, 2011

Thea Schrack and Robin Denevan

Julie Nester Gallery

This is a new body of work, that I'm calling "time rushing by", 2x4 feet, panoramic, that I so love, all with a water theme. The meeting of photography and encaustic paint in an abstract manner, the ambiguity, so like life.

October 15, 2011

Art From Within Bernal Heights

Inclusion Gallery

I will NOT be showing at Hunters Point Open Studios (so don't miss the Bernal show above) October 29th and 30th. As always, many other fine studios will be open so please attend.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Art Santa Fe

My work will be represented at Art Santa Fe July 7-10, 2011 with Linda Fairchild Contemporary Art.
Wish I was going along with all the art!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Camera Pudding

I hate to admit how fun camera apps are, they make us see things a little differently, and thats a good thing, right?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

artMRKT San Francisco May 19-22

San Francisco is hosting 3 art fairs in May. This new work, along with a number of encaustic paintings will be represented at artMRKT with Linda Fairchild Contemporary Art, booth #221. If your interested in going to all the venues here is the low down on each fair at SquareCylinder. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dear Subscribers

Apologies for that last random email of old posts, I have no idea why it was sent, I did nothing and if you feel the need to unsubscribe I wont take it personally. If it happens again I will shut it down!!!!! Happy Spring. THEA

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nashville Show at Gallery One

Write up from Nashville Arts Magazine: I'm thrilled to be showing with Jennifer Bain at Gallery One! Show is up through April 16th.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nebraska, March 2010

Revisiting the Sandhill Crane migration in Nebraska, March 2010. The photos were disappointing compared to the actual experience. I had to step away from the work, until winter is upon us again and I think of those flocks. It was the most spiritual experience I have ever had on the job, maybe ever, with a camera around my neck, frozen, sleep deprived. Adversity goes along ways in expanding ones experience. Now a year later I can still here their call!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Two Thousand Eleven

I’m posting photos from a winter foray because the recent painting are “undone and burned”! But look what I gleamed this year as a photographer, attempting to become an encaustic painter:

Big is better.

I what to do more painting, then scraping, which is a drag, all that removal only severs me as a correction to failures, if that.

Abstracts appear to be the easy way out, but in reality it’s just the opposite.

It’s ok to paint from a reference photo, especially one of your own.

Subject matter and technique are twin evils to wrestle with daily, content is still in the wings.

What looks good today might not tomorrow and vice versa.

The act of going out “shooting” will always have a huge “fun” factor in it, a thrill that’s hard to find in a static studio.

I love the torch, playing with fire feels so risky.

Still hate acrylic.

Tempted by oil, but would miss the torch.

Happy Two Thousand Eleven!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

In Memory of Roads

Antidote to Winter, a walk down a summer road, inspired by an essay by a fellow blogger Roger Dauti of LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hubble Inspiration

Is the journey to abstraction through a realistic door? Are all those Hubble space shots REAL? Spirial galaxy M74 is my fav and the inspiration to this new direction. This beautiful mystery is suddenly seductive to me and I want to somehow paint this reaction. Not a literal galaxy but something expansive and alive. I’m still working towards it. Stages of an internal evolution to abstraction……

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

One Hot Chevy

Anyone, back seat memories…...highschool….drive inns……? Why I had a need to paint this is as long as my auto biography and I will spare you. The Gold Chevy 20x20 Encaustic Wax and pigment on panel.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

San Francisco Fall Open Studios at Hunters Point

San Francisco Fall Open Studios
Building 101, Studio 1517
October 30th & 31st 11-6
Please join me and all the other artist's for the citywide Open Studio finale!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Elemental Tension-Open Studio Preview

Elemental Tension is a new print series I'm working on. Premiering in this falls Open Studio in San Francisco-October 30 and 31. Posting more details next week!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Abstract Thinking

Abstract: I think I’m slowly getting what I like about this, the way of painting, the letting go of something already known. There was a tremendous space that happened when I was working on this piece, where nothing mattered, it didn’t need to turn into “something”. As a friend said “you have crossed over”. Maybe success is not being able to label it, a tittle seams irrelevant.

Next week: International Encaustic Artists Conference in SF. The event is a sell out, numerous lectures, studio tours, book signings. Our Key Note speaker is Christel Dillbohner, whose work I have followed and admired for years.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Dose the vision of yourself as an artist equal the work your doing? I’ve been thinking about this a lot as of late, as I progress (regress) more and more towards painting. I spend countless hours awake at night redefining my work, where I think I want it to go, what technique would better serve a particular problem, then the next day do something totally different. My current vision/dream is large abstracts but the photographer in me keeps screaming, and wants to do small representational work. I’ve got 7 series, going on 8 started all to want end? Partly I hope it will all incarnate into a unified whole somehow, a new “style”. I believe I better understand van Gogh’s frustrations, on many levels. Ah, ha maybe if I start thinking of myself as a strictly representational painter those abstracts will come forth! So, how dose your artistic vision translate itself on the canvas?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Encaustic Art

Lissa Rankin's much awaited book is out today. I'm one of 60+ artists she interviewed who work in wax. She has worked on it for years, it includes step by step instructions and lots of photographs. Happy painting and congratulations Lissa!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Anelle Gandelman Fine Art

I am very pleased to announce I now have representation in NY with Anelle Gandelman Fine Art. She has an exciting line up of contemporary artists that I'm excited to be a part of.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Green is a color

My first years were spent living just as my forefathers had lived-roaming the green, rolling hills of what is now the states of South Dakota and Nebraska.
Standing Bear (and myself)
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight....the truly wise person is colorblind.
Albert Schweitzer
Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it's loveliness arises.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
My eyes are green. Green is my favorite color-one would never know by looking at my artwork. I think this is a delayed reaction to spring-embracing cadmium greens! It's a difficult color to work with, the shades are endless and can go "off" into unknown ghastly directions. ARE their really more shades of green then blue, is this a trick of nature? Even Kermit the frog from Sesame Street sang "It's not easy being' green". It's so prefect out in the natural world, but we artists find it a challenge to use, as least I do and I've spent decades trying to avoid it. The painting above started out a solid moss green, and ended up mostly white, maybe a reflection of my recent wandering! The patterned moss covered pathway was from the Chinese Garden in Portland.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Luminous Layers

Event dates: June 25, 26 & 27 2010

Lake Oswego, Oregon USA

Linda Womack is the curator of this amazing looking upcoming show. Cari Hernandez did the piece called "Lovely Bed" on the program cover above. The show will feature over 60 artists and 160 works of art, I believe it will be the largest Encaustic show on the West Coast to date. I'm honored to be one of the invited artists, showing a number of pieces from the ongoing bird series. Please come if you're in the Portland area.