Thalia Stratton

Thalia Stratton graduated with Honors & Distinction from the University of San Francisco/Academy of Art University 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art Degree in Fashion Illustration. Subsequently, in 2010, she received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Art University. 

Thalia has owned and operated her own art and design studio since 1989 and has taught at the college level since graduation as well. Her professional projects include illustrating for Givenchy-Paris, Neiman Marcus, Playboy Enterprises, the San Francisco Ballet and I. Magnin and Co. She has also developed product lines for the Wine Industry of Sonoma and Napa Valley. 

In the late 1990’s, Thalia entered the Fine Art market, creating pastels, illustrations and oil paintings which were sold throughout the United States. She has also been widely published in publications including Gentry Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, American Art Collector, Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur.  Recent publications are Pastel Journal April 2018 issue, Fine art Connoisseur April 2018 issue and last year's September issue of Southwest Art.

Thalia has won numerous awards and published two books, The Art of Dining and The Art of Dining :Epicurean Delights. She is a current member of the California Art Club in Pasadena California and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, where she has also exhibited, and is a member of Oil Painters of America, where she has exhibited in both the National and Western Regional Juried exhibitions. 

Thalia's new works are inspired by ballerina's, come see these latest pieces.


Jordan King, Wood Fired Pottery

The Allure of Wood Firing

Relatively few working potters use wood as a fuel for making pottery.  The process is highly demanding and requires a great deal of time.  Intensive labor is needed for preparing wood, wadding pottery, as well as, maintaining and firing the kiln. 

The kilns I fire require communities of potters to operate them.  The Anagama kilns are stoked continuously for 100 hours, consuming 5-6 cords of wood each and reaching temperatures of 2400 F making the pottery dense as stone.

The process of burning wood in the kiln creates a river of fire, a downpour of ash and embers interact with pottery in unique ways.  Warping, ash glaze runs, fused embers and flashing on pottery are natural and unpredictable effects of the wood fired process.  When effects from firing and marks of the potter combine, it can make a pot of unparalleled beauty, a pot that can never be duplicated.

March Featured Artist, Susan Hoehn

Susan Hoehn, is Studio Seven Arts feature for March, she is known for her vibrant hues reflecting the beauty of the landscapes she paints. Susan paints vineyards to seaside vistas, capturing the essence of the contemporary landscape. Her lifelong pursuit continues to be to capture color, light and shadow, translating her vision to canvas for the enjoyment of others. The vineyards of California epitomizes this harmony.  Susan visits the wine country several times a year exploring locations to paint. She is most inspired by summer and fall as the color, light and shadows unite to form perfect compositions. Susan knows she is successful when her clients are viewing her paintings and they experience the same delight as she did.

New Floy Zittin Watercolors

Come see her newest pieces

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Thomas Cory, Landscapes

Thomas Cory has always been someone who loved being outdoors. As a young boy natural surroundings became his quiet and reflective spaces. Wandering through a forest or simply sitting in his backyard watching wildlife, the swaying of trees, patterns of light and shadow or color, or cloud gazing could fill hours of wonder and mystery for him. Drawing, painting or photographing those observations always delighted him and reminded him of what he had witnessed. Although, drawing or painting didn’t come easy,  he worked at it in order to satisfy his desired outcome.  Observing and recording impressions, ideas, and moments throughout the years is like breathing for Thomas now  and if he doesn't spend time outdoors or in his studio he feels incomplete and restless.  His process, approach, and technique have evolved, he shall remain a work in progress, growing and evolving as an artist.  He will continue to photograph and paint that which holds his interest and imagination, the awesome wonder and mystery of nature.

Join us Saturday February 17th,Thomas Cory will be here from 10: 00 am to 2:00 pm



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Tyler Abshier

New from Tyler Abshier, "Going Home" size 24x12

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Jeff Hemming, Bay Area Inspired

Start your new year with a new painting from Jeff Hemming who is our January featured artist. His original oils' capture California and our local area with every brush stroke. Each piece is layered with color and with that color he brings to life the textures of the bay area. Jeff grew up in Northern California and began his love of painting in high school, that love of painting took him to Oahu to attend college at Brigham Young University where he pursued an art degree. The tropical climate there was such a different environment than the colder beaches in Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, living in Hawaii fueled his creativity and with that his paintings changed. Waves, surfers and tropical foliage, rendering scenes of the North Shore, Koolau Mountains and other sites. 

Jeff is always learning, not satisfied with only one style of painting. He attended Florida State University earning a masters Degree in Painting Jeff utilizes both traditional techniques for his work as well as more contemporary abstract approaches. Jeff currently works at UC  Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College teaching, painting and drawing. Jeff is a prolific painter and constantly inspired, so he has painted hundreds of pieces and we here at Studio Seven Arts have seen quite a few of his pieces. Come see the current collection from Jeff Hemming.


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