Southern California Artists
General announcements for SCA members. All SCA artists are listed below (in order of posts to the site). You may also select “portfolios” to see all of the submitted artist portfolios.18 Articles
Thom Wright has combined his passions for art and engineering, and his two practices benefited from each other. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he joined the U. S. Navy after high school and then returned home to go to college. After graduating in 1970 with a BA and MA in mathematics from UCLA and CSULA, he began a successful, 32 year career in aerospace. While working in advanced space systems and technologies development, he began taking art and art history courses at night at local community colleges. He began selling art and successfully entering competitive art shows in 1978.
His art interest initially centered in abstract landscape and figurative painting, influenced both by 20th century European modernists and American expressionists. Beginning in 1986, his subject matter moved toward contemporary issues, including technology, geopolitics, and the global environment. His abstract painting style also migrated towards inclusion of industrial materials, found objects and mixed media, which reflect influences of his technical background. These issues and processes continue in his art work.
Desiring to improve his skills, theory and knowledge in art, he took early retirement from the Boeing Corp. in 1999 and entered art school full time. In May, 2006, he completed the MFA program in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach.
Through my photography I seek to document my own personal experiences, to capture scenes and events as I see them and to archive the beauty and diversity of the world I’ve seen.1 Article
Shelley Heffler is a visual artist and educator. Born and raised in the Bronx. She moved to Los Angeles to continue her job as a designer. There she met her first husband. Together they traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Back in Los Angeles, she returned to school to receive her M.A. and begin her career exhibiting her Sculptural Constructs. For more than 20 years, she has taught ceramics and exhibited extensively in Los Angeles. Her current studio is in Inglewood, CA.1 Article