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Sabina Walla - Oil Painting

Studio Discovery Tour artist Sabina Walla During my junior year as voice major at Lawrence University School of Music, I enrolled in my first painting class. It felt so natural to me, I changed my major and completed the requirements to receive a degree in Applied Arts. During those days the painting and teaching was very open and non-traditional. I was a big square. More inspired by the Old Masters, I read everything I could about their techniques. The beautifully refined draftsmanship, limited palette, and unparalleled empathy toward their subject was, to me, deeply engaging.

Studio Discovery Tour artist Sabina Walla After college I pursued work in the trades, first in carpentry then in drywall. In 1985, I used these skills at the Marin Headlands Art Center. One of 17 artist-interns, we worked under the direction of David Ireland and Mark Thompson to restore a military quarters into what is now a thriving Center of the Arts, nestled in the hills of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In exchange for our work we received free studio space and the wonderful experience of an artist community project. While working as a self-employed house painter and paperhanger, I explored faux-finishes, marbling, glazing and trompe l'oeil. Striving to incorporate my artistic potential into my trade skills, I painted murals for restaurants, private homes, a hotel and a winery. I enjoyed the special design challenges of these comissions. Clients have included the Dipsea Cafe, the Red Lion, Mary's Pizza Shack, Sam Sebastiani, and Reba McEntire.

Studio Discovery Tour artist Sabina Walla In the late 1990s while living in Sonoma county. I tried my hand at animal portraiture. This brought me so much joy and satisfaction that it really was a turning for me to make a greater effort at pursuing fine art as a path for growth and change. In 2005, I joined ARTtrails, the open studio tour, and program of the Arts Council of Sonoma County. I had a small studio in the South 'A' Street arts district of Santa Rosa, where I started the painter's journey in earnest.

In the summer of 2007 my partner, Mana Hobson, and I moved to Gualala. Already in love with the north coast, a new employment opportunity brought us here to live full time. The dazzling beauty of this place is a dream come true for a painter. This is my first year to participate in the Discovery Tour. Please come to my studio in Anchor Bay, I'd love to share some stories and artwork with you!!
Studio Discovery Tour artist Sabina Walla

Awards and Exhibitions

Marin County Fair and Exposition, 1985- Best of Show,
    Best in Class
College of Marin Art Gallery, Best of Show Exhibit, 1986.
Headlands Art Center Open Studios, 1987.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Portraits Show, 2004.
    - Maury Lapp, judge.
Sonoma County ARTtrails open studio tour, 2005-6.
Art in the Redwoods, Gualala Art Center, 2008-9.
Judged by your Peers, GAC, 2009- First Place


Portrait Society of America, 2005-6
Arts Council of Sonoma, 2005-2007
North Coast Artist Guild 2008-present

Studio Discovery Tour artist Sabina Walla

Contact Information:

Sabina Walla
PO Box 1357
Gualala, CA 95445

Phone: 707-884-1894

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