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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Thalia Stratton

Cityscapes, Landscapes, Dining, Portrait, Figurative, Still life, Fashion

Trained as an illustrator, I am naturally drawn to narrative and to using my work to suggest a story. These works are of unidentifiable but real subjects, and they are meant to be accessible to anyone’s imagination. My process begins as recording a specific moment at a specific place, and then transforming it into a fictional scene in order to create a powerful and distinct mood. My approach to color and light is in the forefront of my style, and is the main contribution to this transformation into mood: a limited palette of muted, sophisticated darks, minimal intensity, subtle values, along with the clarity of white to indicate how light plays off forms and seems to intensify darkness. With an expanded sense of place, I want viewers to feel so welcomed into the scene that they can create their own story of sense of place, and even imagined memories of what may have happened then and there.

Whether indicating backlighting or the warm soft glow of a quiet interior, whether tracing fleeting streams of light to achieve a graphic or dramatic effect, I strive for timeless transformed from the everyday moment, building a window into a visual dialogue with the viewer’s boundless imagination.

Upon graduating with Honors from the Academy of Art College/University of San Francisco with a cooperative degree in Fashion Illustration, Thalia Stratton has owned and operated her own design studio since 1990. Her studio and showroom is now located in the San Francisco Design Center, south of Market Street. She landed her first teaching job around the same time she graduated and is still teaching part-time at San Francisco State University.

After free-lancing in the advertising world for many years, including working for clients such as, Givenchy-Paris, Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin andCo., Playboy Enterprises and the San Francisco Ballet, she also produced product lines for the Gift Market and the Wine industry of Napa and Sonoma Valley.

In the late nineties, Thalia decided to approach the Fine Art market and began selling her illustrations and paintings to small galleries and local art collectors. With this in mind, she began showing across the United States, and is currently a member of several prestigious Pastel Societies not to mention the Oil Painter’s of America. He work has been published in numerous publications including, Gentry Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and American Art Collector.

She has won many awards, including the LGAA Curator’s Award 2009, showcased in the Los Gatos Museum, Los Gatos, California.

In 2007, Thalia decided to return to the Academy and is currently pursing a Graduate degree in Fine Art painting. She is presently represented by Josephine Homes, San Francisco.

Honorable Mention, Member Juried Show 2009, LGAA, The Los Gatos Museum, Los Gatos, CA November 2009
Curator’s Award 2009, The 25th Annual LGAA Juried Exhibition, The Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos CA, April, 2009
Third Place 2009, The 25th Annual LGAA Juried Exhibition, The Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA April, 2009
Honorable Mention 2009, Mustard Magic, Culinary Institute at Greystone, St. Helena, CA, 2009
Merit Award 2008, “Shadows“, 2008, San Francisco Woman Artists, San Francisco, California
Merit Award 2008, “Nature’s Signature” , 2008, San Francisco Women Artists, San Francisco, CA
Best Works on Paper 2008, “Spring Show, 2008”, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Merit Award 2006, “Art in Bloom”, San Francisco Women’s’ Artists Gallery, San Francisco CA
Merit Award 2001, “Fine Art of the Automobile - Lap 3”, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA Winner Fashion
Competition 1999, San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook Fashion Column, San Francisco, CA September, 1999
Nomination President’s Medal 1989, University of San Francisco/Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
Honorable Mention 1988, Award of Excellence, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA Honorable Mention
1986, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA

Master of Fine Arts - Current Candidate 2009 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA,
Bachelor of Fine Arts Cooperative Degree, 1989 Academy of Art College/University of San Francisco, with Honors and Distinction, San Francisco, CA
Associate Arts Degree, 1985, Magna Cum Laude De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

Fashion Illustration I, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA ,2007-2009
Fashion Illustration I, Apparel Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2003-2006
Fashion Advertising, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA, 1993-1995
Advanced Fashion Illustration Technique, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA, 1993-1995
Fashion Illustration, Canada College, Redwood City, CA 1994-1997
Fashion Graphics, Canada College, Redwood City, CA, 1994-1997
Beginning Fashion Illustration, San Francisco, CA San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA, 1997
Beginning Fashion Illustration, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA, 1990-1991


Chauncey Gardner said...

LOVE Thalia Stratton's work!!! The dining paintings are Fabulous!


Artodyssey said...

Chauncey Gardner, thanks you so much for you nice words.

Good night!


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