Sabina Turner

Art runs in Sabina’s family. The great-granddaughter of a noted German sculptor who created the “Bremen Horsemen”; daughter of a ballerina mother, and of a father who was responsible for the sets on the original “Star Trek” TV series and built the Enterprise stage set, Sabina was drawn to art as a child. At the age of eight she began studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. After moving to California, she graduated from Bay Cities Dental College and began taking art classes. Studying with Guy Diehl and Jack Ward at Chabot College, Jade Fon at Diablo Valley College, she was also able to take classes with other notable artists associated with the “California Scene Painters”. Recently she has studied oil painting with Jeffery Watts, and attended various workshops. Her greatest mentor, however, was Juan Pena with whom she spent many years studying classical portrait from live models.
After working as a graphic designer with Pacific Bell, Sabina decided to pursue her fine art career full time. Her work has been shown on TV, in magazines and books, included in solo shows and many group exhibits where she has taken numerous “Best of Show” awards. Most recent juried shows include the 2019 Virtuosos of the OPA, Award of Excellence, Juror Daniel Smith; 2018 Oil Painters Of America Salon Show; the 2018 Oil Painters Of America Western Regional; the 2017 Watercolor West International Exhibition; the 2015 Watercolor West International Exhibit, Third Place, Juror Stephen Quiller; the 2017 and 2016 World Of Watercolor’s Signature American International Watermedia Exhibitions; the 2017, 2015 and 2016 Red River Watercolor Society’s National Exhibits at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo North Dakota, Jack Richeson Award, Juror Tom Francesconi; 2016 Oil Painters Of America Online Showcase, Honorable Mention; 2016, 2014 and 2012 Oil Painters Of America National Exhibitions; the 2016 and 2015 Oil Painters Of America Salon Shows; and the 2015 California Art Club “Romance of Europe” Exhibition, Juror’s Award.
Sabina is a popular Juror, recently Judging the Stockton Art League’s National Exhibit at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA. She has also demonstrated for many Art Associations and shares her knowledge through classes and workshops.
Some time ago Sabina began a series of paintings exploring contemporary Native American culture, especially ways in which the fabrics and designs of our current world have been incorporated into traditional Native American regalia. These ventures have led to paintings of antique handmade vests from around the world, each capturing the expressions of color and texture that are unique to their culture of origin.
Sabina is a Signature Member of Oil Painters Of America, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the Red River Watercolor Society. She is an exhibiting member of the California Art Club. She is also a member of the American Watercolor Society, Amador County Artists Association and Amador Arts. Her work can be seen at Gallery 10 in Sutter Creek California, or at her studio in Fiddletown, CA.

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