Alicia Lee Farnsworth
Alicia Lee Farnsworth was born creative. Drawing cartoons since age three, she fortified her talent with a BFA degree in Communication Design and Illustration from Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. She has worked as a painter, sculptor, writer and Illustrator for over 20 years. Alicia is the author of the Artful Impression Tarot Deck; a self-published deck made from 79 different carved linoleum block originals. She wrote a book of poems as a companion to the deck and is working on a larger book.
Anatomy training as a massage therapist helps her express her knowledge of human / animal natures and physicality to clay, canvas, linoleum block, digital art and now welded and brazed metal art. Thriving on variety, she does many different things. She finds the same spirit of creativity in baking cookies or exercising as sculpting and painting. . She is a former San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society board member, former panel speaker for San Francisco Sex Information specializing in disability and sexuality issues. She misses working behind the scenes in San Francisco small theaters.
Now far away from San Francisco's Arts Scene Alicia is committed to promoting the Arts and Improving access for people with disabilities in Lake County. In her spare time she enjoys organic gardening. She donates her time and services to important social and environmental issues affecting Lake County and California. Alicia is a current member of the Lake County Arts Council and the Lake County Rock Hounds.
Alicia enjoyes teaching, doing digital illustration and creating sculpture.
The Ever Widening Circle poster image done in 2000, marked Alicias successful transition from tactile to digital expression. She even had a "fine art"display of her digital art in a Berkeley store window. That show led to a job teaching ceramics to children through the Berkeley's Inclusion Program. The inclusion program involves children with a wide age range and ability level. It is a rare chance for non-disabled kids and disabled kids to be taught together and to learn from each other. Classes are taught after school at designated park program locations.
For the last 9 years Alicia works as substitute teacher teaching a variety of subjects in various Lake County, California schools with an "Emergency 30-day credential".
Illustration and design work include:complex book cover illustrations for various authors at bookpublisher.com, a variety of children's illustration projects for Eileen Wagner Design and Scholastic Books. Some specific tittles are: "Bunny Bingo" "Magic University Coloring Book", "Who's that Dog" and others. The "Farmyard Phonics" board game project included and all game illustration and game piece design.
Alicia's current artistic focus has been public outdoor sculpture. In June 2005 Alicia unveiled her first , welded steel sculpture for the Eco Arts Lake County Sculpture walk 2005, Her piece "Persephone Emerging" utilizes steel,glass, local lava rock and obsidian in this installation nestled in a beautiful natural setting. In 2006 She did another steel and wood diarama-like landscape called Lake County Landscape. Her 2007 EcoArts was inspired by Greek myth again. Her first carved wood sculpture is thethe largest sculpture she has ever done. Her sculpture of Daphne was carved mostly from pacific willow wood salvaged from my neighbors yard. It is ten (10) feet tall Her 2008 piece called "Last Willow" used the last of her pacific willow stumps. It is an abstract form. stained with pure tung oil with red accents..Her latest sculpture for the 2009 EcoArts sculpture walk "Lake County Mosaic" Since discovering mosaic in 2009 and making her own tiles for them since 2012 Alicia has rekindled her love of ceramic sculpture, Landscapes and watercolors. Her latest 4'x4' mosaic, completed June 2015 was her10th EcoArts of Lake County sculpture and her 6th large mosaic landscape. That mosaic survived the increadibly distructive Valley wildfire that hit the area and distroyed thousands of homes. Summer 2015 Alicia became affiliated with the Middletown Art Center in Middletown, California. Miraculously the gallery survived the fire intact. Alicia is one of the artists who both volunteers and is represented there.there. She hopes to teach art related classes in the futiure. Alicia created special, smaller tiles and mosaic art 16 inch high x 20 inch wide, small ceramic landscape tiles and minature landscapes. Framed and signed tarot cards and prints and new, lower cost cartoon watercolor work for resonable, accessibe prices. Alicia has taken part in several group shows at the "MAC" gallery The latest show open's February 6 2016 and runs until March 20 2016 is all on Display as part of the "Animism" group show which celebrates animals and nature The Opening reception is Feb 6, 2016 from 6 pm to 8pm.
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Education and Training
Basic Education: Graduated from Highland Park high school, Highland Park, IL
BFA, Communication Art and Illustration, Otis/Parsons, LA 1990
Studied Hand-building at Otiss Ceramic department, 1989-90
Massage Therapist and Health Education Certificate, National Holistic Institute, 1991
Supplemental Classes at San Francisco City College, 1995-98
Including: Figure drawing, hand-building, ceramic sculpture, jewelry, gemology, mixed media, book arts and printmaking
Supplemental Classes at Yuba College, Clearlake Campus 2002-2003
Arc Welding, gas welding, inert gas welding
Santa Rosa Junior College 2015 -Adobe Indesign training.
California Emergency 30 Day Substitute Teaching Credential 2006-present
Public Art Installations
EcoArts Lake County Sculpture Walk 2005-2016 Currenty working on the 2016 sculpture the Exhibition runs from June - 0ctober annually since 2004 on the main trail of Middletown County Park Lake County, CA
"Animism" Group Show February 6 -March 20 2016, "Members" Holiday Show Dec 2015-Jan 2016, "Portiats" Group Show Oct-Nov, "Nature" Group Show, Aug-Sept 2015 2015 Middletown Art Center, Middletown, CA
"Celebrating the Female Form" Group Show. Airport Muse GalleryPetaluma Airport, Petaluma, CA December, 2010
"Apples in the Pie" Group Show, Cell Space Crucible Steel Gallery San Francisco, CA March, 2000
San Francisco City College Juried Ceramics Show, San Francisco CA 1997
Small Works Show, Sonoma State University, CA 1996
Otis / Parsons Senior Project exhibit, Los Angeles, CA, May 1990
Small Works Show, Work 6 Inches and Under, Otis Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, May, 1990
A Delicate Balance- Geo / Political Art. Otis Art Gallery, Los Angeles May, 1989
Small Edition Book Show, Los Angeles, CA 1988
Other Fairs and Art Exhibits
Tallman Hotel Horticulture Weekend and Sculpture WalkSpring 2013 ,Tallman Hotel in Historic Upper Lake, CA
Lake County Wine Adventure 2009 July 25-29 , 2009,Six Sigma Winery in Lower Lake, CA
Eco Arts Earthday Event April 2009,Calpine Geothermal parking lot in Middletown CA
Art in Public Places, Clearlake CA Nov. 2004- June 2005 Paintings on Display at the Clearlake "Bank of the West" Framed Tarot art on display, Clearlake City Hall
Eco Arts Winter ShowJan 2005 painting and ceramic sculpture display, Calpine Geothermal building in Middletown CA
Soroptomistist Craft Faire Oct 2004, Tarot art, Tarot t-shirts painting and sculpture on display and for sale at this annual outdoor event in Clearlake,CA
Disability Window Project, October 2000, group show of artists with disabilities in a Berkeley storefront. Alicia's work included paintings, sculptures and digital art.
Ever Widening Circle, Sept. 2000- Won art competition, Image used on posters, programs, awards and media campaign including Television announcements Art also used again on the 2001 program.
International Tarot Gala, Jan 2000,framed art featured. Donated art for fundraising auction.
Naughty Santa Black Market, Displayed at art fair 1997-2000
Bay area Tarot Symposium 1998- 2000, prints, T-shirts and tarot art displayed.
Anon Salon 1997 - First exhibition of framed tarot art.