artist statement

Thalia Stratton graduated with Honors & Distinction from the University of San Francisco/Academy of Art University 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art Degree in Fashion Illustration.  Subsequently, in 2010, she received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Art University.

Thalia has owned and operated her own art and design studio since 1989.  Presently, her studio and showroom is located in the San Francisco Design Center.  She has taught at the college level since graduation, including San Francisco State University.

Her professional projects include illustrating for Givenchy-Paris, Neiman Marcus, Playboy Enterprises, the San Francisco Ballet, San Jose Mercury News and I. Magnin and Co.  She has also developed product lines for the Wine Industry of Sonoma and Napa Valley.

In the late 1990’s, Ms. Stratton entered the Fine Art market, creating pastels, illustrations and oil paintings which were sold throughout the United States.  She has also been widely published in publications including Gentry Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, and American Art Review. Over the years, Thalia has won numerous awards for her work, including in 2015, she received an Award of Excellence from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. In 2016, the Allied Artists of America awarded her the Ethel Gilmore-Charles J. Roman Memorial Award, equally the same year she was also awarded the New Entrant Award, from the Bosque Art Center, Clifton, Texas. In 2018, she was awarded a National Honorable Mention by the Pastel Journal. Recently, she has published two books based on her Dining Series, The Art of Dining, and a new cookbook, co-authored with her nephew John Stratton, a San Francisco Culinary Institute, Cordon Bleu trained chef, The Art of Dining :Epicurean Delights. 

She is a currently a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City, where she has also exhibited, and is a member of Oil Painters of America, where she has exhibited in both the National and Western Regional Juried exhibitions, the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society and the National Impressionist Society and Allied Artists of America.  Ms. Stratton is currently represented in several galleries across the Western and Southwestern United States and her paintings are and have been exhibited across the country, including The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Her career has spans over four decades.

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