Thea Schrack



“I live for creative inspiration, and currently feel blessed.”


San Francisco has been my home since the early ’80’s when I came here to finish my education at the San Francisco Art Institute. Fast forward to 2019 - I still love and practice art daily. I work hard in photography, painting, and the combination of the two.

Timeline and Personal Videos













Where does one begin to summarize this year?  For a photographer “sheltering in place” had serious limitations. I tried to make the most of it here in the Bay Area. ArtSpring provided a platform and inspiration for me to create a new body of work, “Landscape and Memory”.  This I did in my photo studio, which I rarely shoot in, I mostly post process and encaustic painting there. I continued to photograph the Ocean and made new discoveries at low tide, a study in form and flow. All taken at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

 2019An evolution of an idea, or many ideas took hold of me this year in the studio. I wanted to really dig into painting and explore various aspects of paint on raw canvas.  Almost a year later I’m still working on “Mindscape: Landscapes I Carry With Me”. It is still a work in progress, especially how to “finish”. The length has now exceeded over 200 feet and counting. I have learned so very much. Photographically I’m still very inspired. Not only with the Ocean, but also a new series, “Uplands”.



2018 was a year of many new opportunities. SeaGlass 52 was included in the San Francisco Decorators Showcase. It was a dream fulfilled.  My largest scale paintings were featured in a solo show in Oakland this fall, thanks to Slate Art.



My SeaGlass series was shown in May at Julie Nester Gallery in a duo show called “Tranquility”, followed by a group show at Slate Contemporary this summer titled “Water Works”. The final solo show this year, “Color Of Wind” is at Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto, CA and combines both large scale painting and photography.

2016This was the year of going to the depth of a subject, in both photography and painting. The painting size, expanded to the very edge of my control at up to 10 feet, is beginning to feel “right”. Being outside, photographing the natural world is forever my biggest passion.



More painting, more oceans, more........inspiration.



Acrylic painting on canvas. The summer of 2014 I found 6 big canvases (5 feet) on Craig's List. They were not expensive and not intimidating. I’ve attempted oil painting every few years since I was a teenager, hardly ever finishing one. I paint in my mind endlessly. The fast dry time with acrylic was more in keeping with the instant drying of the encaustic and now I’m on the 12th painting, all large. Someday I might even show them to you!!!



The Ocean series begin on the Oregon coast in September. Since then and 10’s of thousands of images later I’ve traveled most of the Pacific coast and Puerto Rico.



Encaustic Painting (no photo), the ultimate challenge for me, the next needed step in my creative process.



Digital photography has arrived and I suddenly see color, about the same time I start using encaustic and combining the two mediums, which I still do today.



Black and white, sepia tones, last days in the darkroom.



Hand colored infrared-mostly panoramic - lot’s of publishing (Google has archived it for me)







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