Early in life Thea Evensen realized that words convey not only message, but image and energy as well. She graduated from UCLA in 1964 with a liberal arts degree and began studying calligraphy in 1979, fascinated by the architecture of letterforms and their delicate, bold, opulent and sinuous shapes. Her principal teachers were Jenny Groat in Marin and Thomas Ingmire in San Francisco.
Thea spent many years working as a lettering artist, designing wine labels, logos and signage in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Over the past twenty-five years she has exhibited throughout the Bay Area, including shows at the San Francisco Public Library, Sun Gallery in Hayward, Falkirk in San Rafael and A New Leaf in Larkspur.
In 2002 she discovered encaustic painting and studied with Cynthia Winika, Eve Marie Bergren and Mary Black. Combining wax with calligraphy, watercolor and collage allows her to construct and deconstruct the surface of each piece. This process reveals interesting textural patterns and layers of color as well as small surprises in unexpected places.
Current work has been inspired by the Mexican folk art tradition of retablo painting, her love of Spanish and travel throughout Latin America. In recent years Thea has participated in juried exhibits at Graton Gallery, Healdsburg Center for the Arts and Riverfront Gallery in Petaluma. She always hopes to discover new possibilities in each piece, and in herself as well.