Tōmye: Living Artist

Encouraging Art Engagement


My consistency of drawing ink renderings every day, has amassed into hundreds of images.  They are filed as folders containing landmarks, people, objects, landscapes/cityscapes, nudes, and the preponderance compiled of portraits of musicians. I love music and sketching musicians as they play their instruments. In my studio at home, I reinterpret the drawings as Gouache paintings, I dubbed Linear Paintings. Fast forward at least twenty years. Shifting to fuse glass, the images come to life in light shining through them. Working with glass is more intriguing.


2009  Cloisonné Jewelry /  Studio One Art Center, Oakland CA

2007   Center for Cultural Innovation’s Business of Art Workshop, Oakland  CA

2006-2008  Enameling Artist Group “Copper Plate Special” Oakland  CA

2005  Recycle Glass Kiln Casting / The Crucible, Oakland  CA

2001- 2004  Fused Glass, Slumping, Stained Glass & Jewelry /Studio One

1995-1996  MFA Certificate, Golden Gate Univ., San Francisco  CA

1990 Woodworking / J. Randall Museum, San Francisco  CA

1988  Japanese Woodblock Printing / KALA Institute, Berkeley  CA

1969-1973  BFA Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia  PA


2009  Gouache Painting / City of Richmond Permanent Collection, Richmond CA

2007-2009   Oakland’s East Bay Community Foundation Grant Award / Fabrication of an Original Art Gate of Repurposed Materials

UC Berkeley Commission / Creating Paintings for Chancellor’s Commemorative Awards

2004-2006  Gouache Paintings in Alameda County Permanent Art Collection

1995-1996 Oakland Protocol Committee / Commissions of Paintings for Sister Cities, Oakland  CA


1996-2011  City of Oakland Recreation Art Specialist / Program Coordinator

2008-2010  Art Workshops, Women’s Cancer Resource Cntr., Oakland  CA

1992-2011  Curator, Oakland CA

1999-2000  “Women Back To Work” Art Workshops, Oakland YWCA

1999  Classroom Guest Artist, Westlake Middle School, Oakland  CA

1993  Illustrator, BAM Publication’s “San Francisco Downtown”

1992-1998   Exec. Director Non-Profit Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, CA


2006-2011    Alameda County Arts Commissioner, East Bay  CA

2005-2011     Women’s Art Group, East Bay  CA

1998-2011      Pro Arts Non-Profit Art Association, Oakland  CA

1996-2011      TAOLB (The Art Of Living Black), East Bay  CA

1986-2011      National League of American Pen Women, Wash. D. C.


2000-2011   Listings on Internet / Google search / YouTube

2008   Best Kept Secrets aired on CCTV

Oakland Magazine, Oakland CA

2006   Sunday Oakland Tribune, Oakland  CA

2003-2006  Artist Talk

2005   Temescal News and Views

2001-2002  Contra Costa Sunday Times / The Laney Tower,  Urbanview, West County Times,  East Bay  CA

Looking Out / Looking In Textbook, Harcourt College Pub.,  Texas

“Milvia Street Art & Literary Journal”, Berkeley  CA

2000   Videotaped for “Impact” Cable TV, Alameda CA


2011   Alameda Historical Museum and Art Gallery, Alameda  CA

2010  Studio One Art Center, Oakland  CA

2010 & 2006   San Francisco Library, San Francisco  CA

2008            Richmond Art Center, Richmond  CA

2007            Lakeview Library, Oakland  CA  /  John O’ Lague Galleria, Hayward  CA

2006            Women’s Cancer Resource, Oakland  CA

2005            Grand Lake Neighborhood Center, Oakland  CA

2004            Hotel Triton, San Francisco  CA

2003            Frants Albert / Kodama Diseño Architectural Planners,  Oakland  CA

2001            Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco  CA

1996 -2011            TAOLB/ The Art of Living Black, Richmond  CA


2010 – 2011     Fingado Gallery , El Cerrito  CA / Expressions Gallery, Berkeley  CA

2006            Entrez, Home Accessories, Furniture & Decorations Store, Oakland  CA

2004            The Jazz School Books and Art Store, Berkeley  CA

2003            Moore College of Art & Design, Art Shop, Philadelphia  PA

Builders Booksource, Berkeley  CA

2000-2001    Virginia Bull Gallery,  Alameda  CA


2010            Pro Arts, “Box Show”, Oakland CA   Girls Inc, Alameda  CA

2006 -2009     Friends of Parks & Recreation ”Taste of Spring Event,”  Oakland  CA
Equal Rights Advocates, “Concert and Auction,” San Francisco  CA

2004       U U CB “Talents and Treats Auction,” Kensington  CA
U U CB “Tsunami Relief Drive”, Kensington  CA

2003         American Heart Association “Wild At Heart,” Oakland  CA
Berkeley Art Center “Chamber Music Benefit Series Silent Auction,  Berkeley CA

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Tomy’e,
    It is been a long time since we’ve run into each other. I was thinking about you because I’ve been working in glass lately and I thought about who had influenced a lot of my structural designs in terms of portraits and it definitely came from a great deal. Then this weekend I was at the firehouse collective and ran into other people that you know when work with. I think this is not a coincidence. Love Rosa

  2. Wanted to call you to say goodbye but I no longer have your phone number. Moving to Sarasota, Florida came about so quickly we could hardly take a breath. Just wanted to tell you I have loved knowing you. You are an inspiration to me in many ways. Your art is extraordinary. The way you live your life is positive and creative also. We fly away on Friday. Take good care of yourself, Tomye. I’ll be in touch. Love, Dori

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