Alan Tarbell is a mixed media painter who is aesthetically inspired by nature’s infinite combination of form, light, texture, atmosphere and rhythm. Exposure through travel and exploration into diverse physical and cultural environments formulate his conceptual approach. His work has been widely reviewed in Mexico where he lived from 2002-2008.
He currently lives and works from his studio in Oakland, CA. Alan also teaches painting and drawing at the Richmond Art Center, the ASUC Berkeley and the Sharon Art Studio in San Francisco. His work is held by numerous private collectors in Mexico and the US.
Michele de la Menardiere is a professional fine artist based in San Francisco, California. She has exhibited her work at prestigious galleries across the country and abroad. Michele is part of the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program and has shown work at the U.S. Embassies in Algeria and Kosovo. Her paintings are part of the permanent collection at the U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso.
For Menardiere, the process of painting itself is equally as important as the end result. Through iridescent color, amorphic shape, and varying texture, Michele de la Menardiere uses an abstract language to explore the rich complexity of the visceral landscape. She creates to inquiry into such universal themes as: mortality; beauty; loss; the spirit; conflict; harmony; loneliness; and grace.