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.



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. In 2002 NextMonet Inc. signed Tesia to produce prints of several of her paintings. In 2000 she was hired by Golden Artist Colors, as the Golden Working Artist in San Francisco. In 2014 her first book "Acrylic Painting with Passion" was published by Northlight Books. Her work is collected both locally and internationally with patrons as far away as Tokyo. In 2018 her next two books were published.

She received her BFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, studied lithography at the San Francisco Art Institute and received her Master's of Art from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.

I want painting to be my flashlight.
— Squeak Carnwath

Selected Collections

Marriott Hotels

IHG Hotels International

Brigham Young University

Kaiser Permanente Hospital

Rigel Pharmaceuticals

Bellevue Towers 

Numerous private collections

Selected Exhibitions

2019     UCSF National Center of Excellence, "Serenity - The Work of Art" (Curator)

2017     thINK Arthouse, 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)
            Blackburn and Lee – Gallery 2110 Sacramento CA
2011     Abstract 2000-2012 – Sacramento Temporary Contemporary
2010    Angular Architectural – Artists of Hunter’s Point – Atrium Gallery, San Francisco, CA
            Winter Blue Group Show, Marion Meyer Gallery
            Introductions, 20th Street Art Gallery
           Something Red, Marion Meyer Gallery
           Introductions, 20th Street Art Gallery
2006   Walnut Creek City Hall – Walnut Creek, CA  “Tesia Blackburn”  (One person show)
2005   Walnut Creek Civic Arts – Walnut Creek, CA  “Tesia Blackburn”  (One person show)
2005   Saint John’s College – Santa Fe, NM    “Blackburn/Klabunde/Zavada“
2003   Thoreau Center San Francisco – Tesia Blackburn “World Mountain House” (One person show)
           Blair Carnahan Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Invitational Monoprint Show; 
           Hutchinson Art Center, Hutchinson, KS Tesia Blackburn - Art in the Heartland  - (One person show); 
           525 Market, San Francisco, CA  (Two Person Show); Mad River Post, San Francisco CA
2000  Starbucks on the Plaza –Santa Fe, NM (One person show); Picasso’s Piccolo, Madrid, NM (One person show) 
1999   Alpha Group Art Tesia Blackburn - Image and Energy: Recent Work (One person show); 
           SITE Santa Fe, Monomarathon Gala Opening
1998   Artisans’ Gallery, Mill Valley CA Small Works
1997   Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA Women's Celebration
1996   San Jose, CA Tapestry in Talent  Berkeley, CA Live Oak
          Artistes Gallerie, Sacramento, CA Introductions: Letizell/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, 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 Beggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA Hospitality House Fourth Annual Auction
1988  Alonso/Sullivan Gallery Seattle, WA Newell/Blackburn (Two person show) 
         Seattle, WA Visual Artists Against Aids
         Hospitality House, San Francisco, CA Perspectives
         Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA Just When Things Don't Figure
         Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA Women Artists 1988
1987  Alonso/Sullivan Gallery, Seattle, WA 18/200 Small Formats
         Arts Council of San Mateo Belmont, CA Bay Arts-Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition
         Alonso/Sullivan Gallery, Seattle, WA Eroticism: West Coast Expression
1985  Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco, CA Benefit Auction
1984  San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA Celebration of Form


2000-Present    Certified Golden Working Artist, Golden Artist Colors, New Berlin, NY

1993-Present      Hunters Point Studio: Abstract Painting, Business of Art, Printmaking, Acrylic Painting
2003-7                San Francisco City College, Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Northbay Artworks, San Luis Obispo Art Center
2002                   Amsterdam Art- Berkeley, CA;  Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM; San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA; Pacific Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA ; Art and Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2001                    Amsterdam Art- Berkeley CA; Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA; San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA; Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA; Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS; Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM ; Art and Clay, Santa Fe NM;  Randall Museum, San Francisco, CA;Art and Clay (Children) Santa Fe, NM Printmaking Summer Camp;  Community College of Santa Fe, NM
1999                    Richmond  Art Center (Children), San Francisco, CA ; Community College of Santa Fe, NM; Art and Clay (Children) Santa Fe, NM - Printmaking Summer Camp; 
1996                    City College of San Francisco, CA, Printmaking without a Press
1993-5                  Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA,Printmaking without a Press
1992                     Bayview Senior Center, Instructor, San Francisco, CA
1991                      Letterman Army Hospital, Oncology Ward, Instructor, San Francisco, CA