Contact Tiffany

We create collaborative murals with members of the community

Contact Tiffany

My Professional work outside the studio reflects a growing interest in large-scale collaborative projects that engender a sense of community. I have drawn upon my wealth of experience as a visual arts instructor, public works innovator and fine arts program director to fund and create dozens of murals and other installations in the Bay Area, Mexico and Los Angeles. My Professional work outside the studio reflects a growing interest in large-scale collaborative projects that engender a sense of community. I have drawn upon my wealth of experience as a visual arts instructor, public works innovator and fine arts program director to fund and create dozens of murals and other installations in the Bay Area, Mexico and Los Angeles. For the past three years I have worked for the Wiseburn Unified School District providing a quality visual art program at 3 public schools. This sequential and in-depth program includes residencies, family workshops, community events and a series of collaborative murals.

It has been my great fortune to have been nurtured as an artist since childhood. I owe to my grandmother, Judith Deim, a familiarity with paint, studio and travel. I currently reside and maintain a private studio in Los Angeles, making yearly painting trips to Mexico. My oil paintings are in galleries and collections in California, New York, Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. I have also created more than 20 permanent public mural installations in Southern California, the Bay Area and Mexico.

I began formal training as an oil painter with Karl Benjamin at Pomona College in Claremont, California, before moving to New York City where I attended the Art Students League. In 1995 I arrived in San Francisco and found a mentor in Glen Moriwaki, a well-known artist who introduced me to the techniques and theories of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. With a deeper understanding of the human form I found more freedom to work with otherworldly themes and produced several large bodies of work.

It was at this point that I began teaching art and working in community. The bulk of my experience as an arts educator took place in San Francisco, where I was the Director of the Arts Program at the Creative Arts Charter School until 2011. At Creative Arts – as well as at nearby schools Harvey Milk, Rosa Parks and Grattan – I created murals and installations with my students and developed enduring fine arts programs. I have been awarded numerous grants to fund these programs and projects, most notably a California Arts Council Individual Artist grant for 3 year-long collaborative projects including a 15′ windmill installed in San Francisco’s City Hall.

As subjects or inspiration, children have always played a key role in my artistic life- their originality and creative spirit are infectious and working with them is a constant reminder that exploration is necessary for growth in art.

Dreamscape Murals

Make-A-Wish Mural 2018

This 8′ X 8′ mural resides permanently at the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles headquarters. It was created by 21 Wish kids and their families, comprised of imagery from their individual Wish experiences.

We Grow Together: Hawthorne, CA

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Juan Cabrillo Elementary School

Project funded by the Juan Cabrillo PTA and P.S. ARTS

16′ x 8′

2014

Building Bridges; Breaking Barriers: Hawthorne, CA

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Peter Burnett Elementary School

Project funded by ADBD, P.S. ARTS and the Wiseburn Education Foundation

16′ x 8′

2015

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me: San Francisco, CA

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Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Elementary School

Project funded by the California Arts Council

12′ x 19′

moveable stage curtains on canvas

2003

The Selfish Giant: San Francisco, CA

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Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Elementary School

Project funded by the HMCRA PTA

24′ x 8′

2000

Our Fillmore: San Francisco, CA

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Rosa Parks Elementary School

Project funded by the Fujimoto family

20″ x 8′

2009

La Leyenda de las Garzas

I painted this mural in collaboration with 25 orphans, boys ages 5-16 at the Casa Hogar Tata Vasco in Patzcuaro, Mexico in 2007.  The imagery was inspired by a local legend about how the white egrets […]

Raven Brings Light

This 28 foot mural was created by K-5 students at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Elementary School in San Francisco in 2001.  This project was the culmination of a 9 month residency funded by […]

Our Kinder Garden: Hawthorne, CA

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Juan Cabrillo Elementary School

Project funded by the Wiseburn School District and the Juan Cabrillo PTA

8′ x 4′

2016