Sonoma Art Directory
painting and drawing
Barbara Aliza utilizes a variety of natural and acrylic materials. Her work explores the complexity of surface, the beauty of imperfection and, ultimately, survival.
Sally Baker is a watercolor artist of Sebastopol, California. She received a B.A. from the University of Southern California, and taught fine arts at Healdsburg High School for 20 years before retirement. Her subject matter includes desert landscapes, and a still life series that focuses on Asian artifacts, kimonos and bamboo.
Mardi Storm is a west Sonoma artist who enjoys painting, nature photography, mixed media, and creating large scale sculpture that merges life with art. She also offers “soul painting” workshops for artists.
Maurice Lapp (1925-2014) was a devoted oil painter, watercolorist and art teacher, and was recently featured in Art Trails catalog as someone with a calling for communicating the absolute necessity of art. He held a position as an art instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
Pat Meier-Johnson is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a fine artist of Sonoma County, painting with oils on linen panels. Her paintings depict scenes from around the world, and from everyday life in the northern California wine country. “It is my own selfish pleasure to create these paintings and my joy to share them with people who are moved by them.”
John Farnsworth is a landscape artist, painting with oils on canvas on location in Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino counties.
Lisa Beerntsen paints underlying abstract forms, color, and movement, overlaid with patterns culled from diverse cultures (Islamic, Celtic, Tibetan, American quilters), as well as plant and flower forms. Lisa has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA). Lisa has also been an adjunct art instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College for over 10 years. She has previously taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, California State University, Stanislaus, as well as the Universities of Maine and Massachusetts.
Phyllis Calvin Thomas paints Northern California and Sonoma landscapes. She often works with oil paints and a palette knife.
Thomas Creed creates California landscape paintings and murals in a traditional and realistic style.
Abigail Zimmerman is known for painting sensory impressions of California landscapes. She also keeps a blog about the food, wine and art of Sonoma, known as Abi’s Farmhouse Kitchen.
Bernadette Howard is a contemporary artist known for her pastels, watercolors and oil paintings.
Bert Kaplan is a Sonoma County artist whose paintings and pastel artwork is inspired by nature.
Chris Henry is known for abstract painting using mixed media. He likes to tell a story through his paintings in a mysterious and kinetic manner.
David Kingwill is an abstract artist from Sebastopol, California. He paints with bright acrylics on canvas.
Denise Leite is a Petaluma artist that paints human figures in a surreal, circus like world. She calls it “psychological alchemy”.
Gayle Manfre is an artist and educator who was born in San Francisco, and moved to Sonoma in 1980. She works in watercolors and acrylics, and directs children on mural projects. Gayle also works for the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, leading the “Arts Rewards the Students” program.
Gen Zorich is a Sonoma County painter and printmaker and produces Sonoma area landscapes, and some absracts.
George Dawnay paints figures, portraits and murals. He began decorative mural painting in Italy working with Alexander Hamilton in the mid-1990′s. George’s murals now grace buildings in Larkspur, Tiburon, Monterey, and Sonoma.
Irene Guidici Ehret is a watercolor artist who was born and grew up in the small town of Angels Camp, California. She teaches classes in intermediate and advanced watercolor, and nature journaling. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She has had one-woman shows in Maryland, Italy, Rhode Island, Virginia, and California.
Joanne Tepper is known for her oil paintings of still life and birds. Her art was featured on the cover of the 2014 ArtTrails Catalog. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from U.C.L.A.
Karina Nishi Marcus is known for her expressionist and abstract art. Look for the Nishi Studio in Sebastopol, California.
Lucy Martin creates watercolor paintings, mushroom paintings, and mushroom prints, burnt landscapes, and bird art.
Ruby Newman works in a variety of mediums on canvas, paper and prepared panels, also on custom mural designs. She enjoys creating abstracts, contemporary Plein Air landscapes, and figurative and still life studies. Ruby majored in Theatrical Design at the Carnegie Mellon University. She worked for the Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the International Opera Barga in Italy. She also worked over ten years on public projects through the San Francisco Art Commission, including several mural works and the restoration of the 1914 Golden Gate Park Carousel.
Sandra Lane paints landscapes and human forms on canvas and archival paper, in a rather abstract manner.