Artist's Statement

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.  

"Through a painting we can see the whole world"  Hans Hoffman.


Tesia Blackburn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and went to elementary school in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. She attended high school in New Mexico and then moved to San Francisco.

Tesia has been a working artist in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. Her work can be seen in hotels, hospitals and offices all over the United States, as well as private homes all over the world. In 2000 she was hired by Golden Artist Colors as the Certified Golden Working Artist in San Francisco. Tesia teaches and lectures throughout the United States. 

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.

Brigham Young University
IHG Hotels
Kaiser Permanente Hospital San Francisco
Kaiser Permanent Hospital Sacramento
Rigel Pharmaceuticals
Bellevue Towers Seattle
Numerous Private Collections

 Selected Exhibitions

2017    ArtHouse "thINK" Sacramento, CA
2015    Transmission Gallery, "Variations on Abstraction" Oakland, CA
2014    UCSF National Center of Excellence, "Serenity - Blackburn and Friends" (Curator)
            Red Dot Gallery "Tesia Blackburn - Wonderland"  Sacramento CA (One person show)
2013    Transmission Gallery "Layers", Oakland CA
2012    601 Townsend "Fire and Rain - Blackburn and Friends"  San Francisco CA (Curator)
2011     Sacramento Temporary Contemporary, Sacramento CA (Two Person Show)
2010    Angular Architectural - Artist's of Hunter's Point- Atrium Gallery San Francisco CA
2008   Winter Blue Group Show - Marion Meyer Gallery, Laguna Beach CA
            Introductions - 20th Street Gallery, Sacramento CA
            Something Red - Marion Meyer Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2006   Walnut Creek City Hall, Walnut Creek, CA - Tesia Blackburn (One person show)
2005   Walnut Creek City Hall, Walnut Creek, CA - Tesia Blackburn (One person show)
2002   Saint Johns College, Santa Fe NM - Blackburn/Klabunde/Zavada
            Blair Carnahan Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Invitational Monoprint Show
            Hutchinson Art Center, Hutchinson, KS "Tesia Blackburn - Art from the Heartland" (One person show)
            525 Market Street, San Francisco CA (Two person show)
            Mad River Post, San Francisco, CA
2000   Starbuck's On The Plaza, Santa Fe, NM (One person show)
            Picasso's Piccolo, Madrid NM(One person show)
            Alpha Group Art "Tesia Blackburn - Image and Energy"  Santa Fe, NM(One person show)
            SITE Santa Fe - Monomarathon Gala Opening - Invited Participant
1998    Artisan's Gallery, Mill Valley, CA Small Works
1997    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA Women's Celebration
            San Jose, CA Tapestry in Talent
            Artistes Gallerie, Sacramento, CA "Introductions: Leitizell/Blackburn" (Two person show)
1995    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA Women's Celebration
1992   John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA Annual Open House
            Back Room Gallery, Sacramento, CA "Private Obsessions"
1991     I Gallery, Sacramento CA "Three Bad A's: Aids, Apartheid and Armament"
1990    Two Penny Gallery Sacramento, CA "Lost Angels"
1989    Garden Silks Sacramento, CA "Faces No Names"
            Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA "Collectors' Exhibition"
            John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA "Hospitality House Fourth Annual Auction"
1988    Alonso/Sullivan Gallery, Seattle, CA "Newell/Blackburn" (Two person show)
1987    Alonso/Sullivan Gallery, Seattle, CA "Eroticism: West Coast Expression"
            Arts Council of San Mateo, Belmont CA "Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition"
1985    Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco, CA "Benefit Auction"
1984    San Francisco Arts Commission "Celebration of Form"