The Signal Newspaper: Michelle
'60 Minutes with portrait artist Tandy Zorba
The Santa Clarita Artists'
Association (SCAA) will present Tandy Zorba, fourth speaker in a
series of art lectures entitled "60 Minutes with an Artist" 2
p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Valencia Library. Zorba's
topic is living portraiture.
"My artistic goal is to record mood and character in the
portrait of an instant," she said. "I want my art to connect
artist and observer in the common understanding that - beyond
our differences - we humans share universal feelings, and silent
modes of communication that transcend language and culture.
Before I pronounce a work finished I like to see a blending of
these two opposite: How my subject differs from every other in
the world, and yet is the same."
Zorba said she works mostly from photographs - and enjoys the
art of photography as well. She said she likes to take the
photos she uses to create the finished portrait.
"Most people, especially children, aren't comfortable sitting
the length of time required to get a good likeness," she said.
"If I'm commissioned to do a portrait over the Internet, and I'm
using someone else's photos and not likely to meet the person
I'm portraying, I like to discuss what it is about that person
that is so special."
She will often request a video, preferably one showing
interaction with family to assist her in creating the finished
"If the piece is a two-dimensional work, depending on what best
suits the artwork; I use pencil, watercolor pencil, acrylic, or
pastel - whatever enhances the creative likeness. My
three-dimensional works might be in clay or fabric," Zorba said.
Zorba attended the Chouinard Art Institute, before it became
California Institute of the Arts.
She later studied with Dora Kaminski, one of the original Taos
artists, with the prominent sculptor David Elder, and with the
Italian artist Mario DeFarrante, who believed art was like a
prayer, and created loud, vibrant paintings.
"An artist friend describes my style as classical-crazy.
However, children remain my favorite subjects, and somehow seem
to exemplify my person philosophy, that art should be beautiful,
truth-based, and fearlessly individual," Zorba said.
The lectures presented by the Santa Clarita Artists' Association
are free to the public and all ages are welcomed.
The Valencia Library is located at 23743 Valencia Blvd. (corner
of Magic Mountain Parkway and Valencia Boulevard) (661)