Wednesday, April 16, 2008


BFA, 1986
California College of the Arts

Certificate in Multi-media Design, 2001
SF State University

Quote for the Day:

"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way."~ Dr. Seuss

I was born in Oakland, California and at the age of six my family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. In the first grade, I sold my first painting from a group show. It was one of many family portraits I painted, my world as the youngest of seven children. I think, in some way, I'm still painting that portrait, only my sense of family is more largely defined.

When I turned twenty, I moved back to Oakland to attend art school at California College of the Arts (then CCAC) and completed my BFA with an emphasis in painting, printmaking and textile arts. During my studies, I was greatly influenced by the Etruscans as well as the Expressionists.

By and by, artists such as Leon Golub, Jacob Lawrence, Max Beckmann and Romare Bearden began to resonate. Photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, and Diane Arbus opened my eyes. The vast swirl of words from the Sufi poetry of Kabir to contemporary writers and poets like Don DeLillo, Jeanette Winterson, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison sparked my fire. Artists who capture a simple moment, thought, gesture of the ordinary and mundane but suggest the extraordinary and mysterious sanctuary that lies beneath the surface. This contemplation is my constant source material.

My process is very stream-of-consciousness. Simple images and bits of words converge as memory, metaphor and metaphysics onto my canvas and become part of life's family portrait.

I have had numerous solo shows in California and have been featured in group exhibitions in Germany and Japan.




Re-visit this show at a San Francisco venue. Previously shown at The Subterranean Art House in Berkeley. See below for a full description. 

presented by
Goat Hill Pizza
300 Connecticut Street at 18th
Potrero Hill 
San Francisco CA
March 13 - May 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday April 17, 1 - 4 pm 

Goat Hill Pizza - Potrero Hill SF


presented by
2179 Bancroft Way
Berkeley CA
November 7 - December 6, 2015

Opening Reception: November 7, 1-3 pm
Featuring live music with The Aqua Velvets acoustic

Likely or unlikely stories. We are all writing the narrative of our lives. One step at a time. One-way streets, back alleys, sprawling boulevards, rocky trails take us to and through our destinies. Do we turn left? Do we turn right? Each intersection decides our next paragraph, beginning or ending of a chapter. Sometimes, detours are necessary. Choices are made that sketch us into the world; we add color, texture, layers and become someone.
We become other than we had planned or imagined ourselves to be. Change course, reinvent. Engage in unexpected acts. Commune with an often times unanticipated cast of characters in the theater of life.

In the urban environment, one collects myriad sensory input, bumping into or intentionally interfacing with the intermittent and contrary forces of nature: hot and cold, creative and destructive, delightful and disturbing, substantive and hollow, resilience and frailty. Balancing the Shiva/Shakti principle, we navigate the dichotomy of the human experience.  We carry on.

Who are we. What stories do we have to tell. Or not tell. Cry out, stay silent. Sing your truth. Clarity, shadow, honesty, pretense. Likely or unlikely, we create our urban stories. And hopefully, like the lotus, we all float lightly in beauty amidst the muddy waters, come what may.

Lasting Night
9 x 11
Color Drawing

Opening day: West Wall paintings

Opening day: East Wall drawings 


PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT CARE.ORG, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and injustice.

Industrielle Gallery
33 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

Thinking Allowed Part One
12x12, acrylic on canvas


Tuesday, April 1, 2008


(copyright ©2000 Mary Corbin, no photos may be reproduced without written consent)

Urban Storie2015/2016
Exhibited at:

The Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley, CA
November 7 - December 13, 2015

Goat Hill Pizza, San Francisco, CA
March 13 - May 28

12 x 12 Paintings/Acrylic on Canvas are $425
24 x 24" Paintings/Acrylic on Canvas are $650
9 x 11 Color Drawing Prints are $100

Discounted prices through January 5, 2017
 12 x 12 paintings:  $250
24 x 24 paintings:  $425 
9 x 11 Color Drawing Prints:  $50


Always With Me

Don't Believe Everything You Think

Nothing Happens Until

Street Manners

The Telling


(prints -  unframed)

Lasting Night

Louis Blue and Bright

Nocturne: Always Night Otherwise

Other Side of the Road

Paris in Time

Perfidy (or The Possibility of Determination)

Saran Rap

Saved by the Bella Cucciola



Swayed Shoes


Thinking Allowed

This Bud is for You

To Get There


Creamed Tuna on Toast

A Little Bit Almost Quite Soon

A Little Sweat

Arriving at Belle Fontaine

Awaiting Room

Brand New Bag

Chase Park Plaza

Daughter of Fortunes



Je Me T'aime T'aime

Ephemerata 2009
All paintings in this group are
Acrylic on Canvas, 12x12

Coming Together

Grace Arrives When Least Expected

In Part of the Mystery

Carry Me in your Heart

Memory Whisper


Reading the Map


Urban Stories Part One 2009
All paintings in this group are
Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 24

Mystery of Our History

Defying Gravity


Thousands of Days


Family Dog Saves
Boy From Waves

No Sacred Cows

Secret Lives of Saints

Can There Be Peace
(when there is poverty)

Heads of State of Joy

Pieces of the Past
All paintings and drawings in this group have individual specifications listed

Once in a Blue Moon
Acrylic on Canvas, 9 x 12

Fascinating Fruit
Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 36

Mr. Willis' Game
Acrylic and Oil stick on Paper and canvas
36 x 48

Ava's Apple
Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 24

Keep Your Eye On the Ball
Acrylic on Canvas, 10 x 10

No Samba Here
Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 8

Colored Pencil on paper
7 x 10

Objets d'Heart 3
Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 36

Colored Pencil on Paper
8 x 10

Woman with a Green Bottle
Colored Pencil on Paper
8 x 10

Standing Bye
Acrylic on 4 canvases,
each 4 x 6 inches