Tom Sellas

Artist Statement

I have been kayaking the American River since 1985 observing a certain stretch of the river.  The animals, trees, rocks, and water as they shift and change over the years have quietly spoken a language revealing nature’s being. Visually there’s infinite material. No need to travel the world anymore, it’s all right here. My imagery has evolved throughout the years into a kind of Renoir-esque handling of the paint.  The river’s horizontal format yields many abstract possibilities that the reflections amplify making for unlimited translations. My hope is to offer a field for people to also explore this language.

Education and Background

California State University, Sacramento
Master of Arts Degree, Studio Painting 1988
Bachelor of Arts Degree,   Art 1982
Credential, Single Subject – Art K-12  1983
Credential, Studio Art –    California Community College

Aegean Center for The Arts
Paros, Greece  1983, 1988

Professional Experience:
Elk Grove Unified School District  Art Instructor. I have taught middle school, continuation, and high school Art, Photography, Ceramics, Crafts, and Sculpture. My current assignment is at Cosumnes Oaks High School  as an Art Instructor.

Professional Growth:
The California Arts Project
1996 Invitational Institute, Middle School Interdisciplinary, Presented in “Story Telling” workshop, leadership event in diversity
1995 Open Institute, Presented at Administrators Dinner

CSU, Sacramento Theater, Produced and acted in ” Greece, The Soul”  1996
Rudolf Steiner College lecture attendee
Traveled around the world in 1988-89

Art Exhibits:  Shows at various galleries and auctions in Sacramento.

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