Kathleen Thoma | Meditations on Samsara-7, Kathleen Thoma, monotype & paint, 11×14 in

Kathleen Thoma

www.kathleenthomaart.com

Kathleen Thoma has been a practicing artist since 1983, and a fine art printmaker since 2000. Working mostly with monotypes, she also uses chine colle, and relief printmaking techniques. She is a member of LAPS, Los Angeles Printmaking Society.

From 2005-2013, she was a founding member of West Cove Studio and Gallery, an open, working printmaking co-operative in West Haven, CT. While at West Cove, she assisted with gallery promotion, printmaking demonstrations, gallery sitting and open studio events. She also taught expressive art classes in Montreal, New England to adults and children.

Originally from Washington D.C. area, Thoma relocated a number of times until her current location in CA. Her work is in private collections in the USA and Canada.

In 2013, she relocated her studio to Orange County, California, where she continues working in her printmaking studio, while exhibiting and selling work on-line.

In my early life I always painted. My parents let me paint huge murals on our walls and I did several murals for the community but did not think of it as a career. I went to San Francisco State University where I studied Dance, psychology and Science with a focused on the human body in movement. After three years in college I got a summer job as an actress in The Sound of Music. That lead to a few years exploring what life would be like as an actress. All the while I painted as a way to center myself and I had a few exhibitions of my paintings. By 24 I turned all of my attention to art making and moved to the art haven of Santa Fe New Mexico. It was there that my life as an artist was launched. My skills as a visual artist were honed with the help of that supportive art community. Working from my studio in Santa Fe I made paintings that were exhibited all over the US and Europe. In 1997 I moved to Seattle for 14 years. The landscape of the Pacific Nothrwest impressed called to me. Inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and his 36 views of Mount Fuji, I created 36 Views of Mount Rainier in the medium of Hokusai, wood block printing.The loss of my father to Leukemia and my mother to Alzheimer’s fundamentally changed my artistic direction. I had previously always expressed my self  by making images I turned my focus to writing a book. I worked through my grief as I wrote about my creavtive, loving and artistic family.The process helped me understand how they had always supported me and my development as an artist. After the book launch in 2016 I moved to Alexandria, Virginia and became a member of Printmakers Inc at the Torpedo Factory. As fortune would have it that I have found another wonderful supportive artistic community that has embraced me as I return to print making.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Linda attended Pomona College in Claremont, Calfornia where she received her BA in studio art. She studied printmaking at Santa Monica City College as well as the UCLA Extension. As a member of a serigraph workshop in Pacific Palisades she produced limited edition silkscreen prints for several years. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area she joined the Lafayette Printmaking Workshop where she started experimenting with water-soluble inks to create monotype/collage prints. Linda now works on her own etching press in her studio in San Ramon. 
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Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 1-4, 2020.


The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!
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