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 I find that focusing on the details helps me see the big picture more clearly.  It is my way of slowing down enough to be “in the moment”.  I work from my own source photos, and it’s like a treasure hunt as I discover amazing compositions and abstractions that nature so miraculously creates. I particularly look for patterns evoking rhythms that promote a sense of calm.

Elizabeth Geisler is an award-winning Bay Area painter, with a background in printmaking, photography, music, and film.  Best known for her water reflection paintings, Geisler creates images that reside somewhere between photorealism and abstraction. Up close, the color use and brushwork read as abstraction, but from a distance, they blend into a more representational depiction. She often uses intense colored underpaintings that show through in varying degrees in the finished piece, which provides an added depth to her paintings. 

  

Geisler’s work has shown in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and can be found in collections worldwide. She began painting at a young age, and while still in high school, was awarded a life drawing scholarship to the Otis College of Art and Design. In college she studied both visual arts and mass communications, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. She continued her art studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, Barnsdall Art College, and the City College of San Francisco.  Born in Los Angeles, Geisler now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and works out of her studio in Sausalito, CA.

Geisler is represented by Simon Brietbard Fine Arts.

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2019    Throckmorton Theatre, "Fluid Thoughts", Mill Valley, CA

            Homestead Valley Community Center, "Pause and Reflect", Mill Valley, CA

2018    Mill Valley Community Center, "The Ripple Effect", Mill Valley, CA

            Abode Marin, "Ebb & Flow", Larkspur, CA

2016    Tiburon Peninsula Club, Tiburon, CA

2015    The Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery, Greenbrae, CA

            Belvedere-Tiburon Library, “Water Patterns”, Tiburon, CA

2015    McGuire Real Estate, Mill Valley, CA

2010    Belvedere-Tiburon Library, “Above and Below”,Tiburon, CA

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS:


2020    Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, “Left Coast”, Novato, CA
            (Juror: Ken Harmon Hashimoto, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco and New York)
2017    Triton Museum, “Salon at the Triton”, Santa Clara, CA
2010    Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, “Private Eyes: Artists’ Visions”, Novato, CA,
            (Juror: Andrea Schwartz, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:


2022    The Cove, “ICB Art at the Cove”, Tiburon, CA
            O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, “Women Making Their Mark”, Mill Valley, CA
            (Jurors: Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA)
2021    James May Gallery, “Art of Water V”, Algoma, WI
            O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, “Women Making Their Mark”, Mill Valley, CA
            (Jurors: Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA)
2020    Lymelight Foundation, “Dart for Art”, San Mateo, CA
2019    Simon Brietbard Fine Arts, “Annual Trunk Show”, San Francisco, CA
            Lymelight Foundation, “Dart for Art”, San Mateo, CA
            Arc Gallery, “Bridge to Abstraction”, San Francisco, CA
            Art Design Consultants, “Art Comes Alive”, Cincinnati, OH
            Fe Gallery, “Pattern and Abstraction”, Sacramento, CA
            Art League of Hilton Head, “Biennale”, Hilton Head Island, SC
            Blue Line Arts, “Crocker-Kingsley Biennial Competition”, Roseville, CA, 
            (Juror: David Pagel, contributing art critic, Los Angeles Times & art professor, Claremont Graduate University)
2018    Marin Community Foundation, "Marin Open Studios 25th Anniversary Exhibition," Novato, CA
            (Curated by Micah LeBrun, MCF and 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA)
            O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, "Bay Area Women Artists", Mill Valley, CA
            (Jurors: Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA)
            Marin Society of Artists, “Fresh Art”, San Rafael, CA
            (Juror: Chester Arnold, artist)
            Simon Brietbard Fine Arts, “Annual Trunk Show”, San Francisco, CA
            Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club, “Marin Mas­ters”, Mill Valley, CA
            San Ramon Valley Conference Center, “Patterns in Nature”, San Ramon, CA (Curated by Slate Art)
            Lymelight Foundation, “Dart for Art”, San Mateo, CA
2017    
Desta Gallery
, “East West Rhythmical Harmony”, San Anselmo, CA (Two-Person Show)

         Joyce Gordon Gallery, “Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series – Regional Finalists”, Oakland, CA
            O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, “Essence of Water”, Mill Valley, CA
            Mills Pond Gallery, “The Color of Night”, St. James, NY
            (Juror: Tim Newton, Chairman of the Board, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY)
            O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, “Bay Area Women Artists”, Mill Valley, CA
            (Jurors: Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA)
            SFWA Gallery, “Abstracted”, San Francisco, CA
            (Juror: Mary Mocus, Mocus Group Art Consultants, San Francisco, CA)
            Simon Brietbard Fine Arts, “Annual Trunk Show”, San Francisco, CA
            USCF Women’s Health Center, “Serenity”, San Francisco, CA
            Ruby Living, “Landscapes”, Mill Valley, CA
            Lymelight Foundation, “Dart for Art”, San Mateo, CA
            Studio Gallery, “Night Light”, San Francisco, CA
            Marin County Fair, Fine Art Exhibition, San Rafael, CA 
2016    The Midway, “Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series – Regional Finalists”, San Francisco, CA
            SFWA Gallery, “Artist Choice”, San Francisco, CA
            (Juror: Matt McKinley, McKinley Art Solutions)
            O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, “Bay Area Women Artists”, Mill Valley, CA
            (Jurors: Donna Seager & Suzanne Gray, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA)
            Marin County Fair, Fine Art Exhibition, San Rafael, CA 
            Falkirk Galleries, “Spring Inspiration Open Juried Exhibition ”, San Rafael, CA
            Pacific Art League, “Fur, Feathers and Fins”, Palo Alto, CA 
            Toadfish Gallery, Sausalito, CA 
2015    Blue Line Arts, “Crocker-Kingsley Biennial Competition”, Roseville, CA, 
            (Juror: Gregory Kondos, artist)         
            Studio Gallery, “Tiny”, San Francisco, CA       
            Google Gallery, San Francisco, CA    
            San Ramon Valley Conference Center, “Bay Lights”, San Ramon, CA, (Curated by Slate Art)
            Studio Gallery, “City Streets”, San Francisco, CA         
            Studio Gallery, “Terrain”, San Francisco, CA 
2014    Studio Gallery, “Tiny”, San Francisco, CA
            Gallery 305, Mill Valley, CA 
2011    Pacific Art League, “Scapes”, National Competition & Exhibition, Palo Alto, CA 
            (Juror: Maria Medua, director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery at Fort Mason) 
2010    Pacific Art League, “Painting Only”, National Competition & Exhibition, Palo Alto, CA 
            (Juror: Charles Hespe, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA)
            SOMArts Gallery, “Art Launch”, San Francisco, CA
            Artist Xchange Gallery, “Layers of Abstraction”, San Francisco, CA
            Artist Xchange Gallery, “Views of the City”, San Francisco, CA

PUBLICATIONS:

2022     Creative Quarterly, 100 Best 2022

             Creative Quarterly, No. 66, Fine Art Winner

2021     Artists of the Bay Area, published by Jen Tough Gallery

             Creative Quarterly, 100 Best 2020

2020     Creative Quarterly, No. 59, Fine Art Winner

2019     Creative Quarterly, No. 54, Fine Art Winner 

2018     Marin Magazine, May 2018 Issue - "Life as Art" Cover Contest Winner & Feature

             Creative Quarterly, No. 49-50, Fine Art Winner 

2017     Marin Magazine, May 2017 Issue -"Fine Lines" Cover finalist

2016     Nature Inspired: Autumn, writing & art anthology

AWARDS & HONORS:

2018    Top 25 Featured Artist for Marin Open Studios (Juror: Renee Baldocchi, former
            Director of Programs, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.)

2017    Marin County Fair, Special Sponsored Award

2016    SFWA Gallery, Juror's Choice Award, "Artist Choice"
            (Juror: Matt McKinley, McKinley Art Solutions, San Francisco, CA)

2010    Pacific Art League, Third Place “Painting Only”, National Competition & Exhibition,

            (Juror: Charles Hespe, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA)

1982    Bank of America, Merit Scholar for Fine Arts

1981    Otis College of Art and Design, Life-drawing Scholarship

 

EDUCATION:

1986               BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California at Los Angeles

1987 - 2010    San Francisco Art Institute; City College of San Francisco; Barnsdall Art College, Los Angeles, CA