Acrylic diva Tesia Blackburn demonstrates acrylic paints and mediums at RAA February meeting

Acrylic diva Tesia Blackburn demonstrates acrylic paints and mediums at RAA February meeting

​The Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) is pleased to offer a presentation by Bay Area acrylic painter and teacher Tesia Blackburn on Wednesday, February 7 from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Art Studio One at Gateway.

Blackburn has been the Certified Golden Working Artist in San Francisco since 2000. Golden is a professional-grade line of acrylic paints and mediums sold in art stores and online.

Blackburn will demonstrate techniques for using a variety of Golden products to get exciting, creative effects. She will also have free samples to share

Blackburn is also a well-known Bay Area abstract artist and teacher. She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and grew up around the Western United States. After settling in San Francisco, she received her BFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, studied printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and received her Master’s of Art from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.

Blackburn says of her work: “I am passionate about the formal tools of art: line, shape, color, form, texture and light. I often work in series, taking inspiration from music, architecture, the world around me.  I will usually work with one or two of the formal tools during an entire series of 20 to 50 paintings.

“The goal of my work is to capture the harmony and beauty in these seemingly simple elements and reflect that back to the viewer.  My paintings are built up of many, many layers of paint with an eye to translucent color and luminosity and a thirst for strong design.”

Recent series include Nucifera (about the lotus), Wonderland (all about being a kid), Italia (based on the music of Chris Botti) and Sacred Love (exploring the union of two souls, the intersection of two circles). These series can all be viewed on Blackburn’s Web site and at

Blackburn teaches group ad private classes at her studio at Hunter’s Point, online by subscription, and at She is also the author of several popular books on painting with acrylics.
Blackburn’s work is on view in corporate headquarters, hospitals, universities, hotels and private collections across the United States. She has exhibited in galleries and juried shows in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Santa Fe, Seattle and as far afield as Madrid.

All residents of Rossmoor are welcome to this free event, and refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Marcy Wheeler, RAA Program Chair, at 787-9159. To preview Blackburn’s art, visit her Web site at

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