About Tom Post

My paintings on canvas explore the idea of change and the evolving of images through the process of painting. The large canvases, saturated with color, present the viewer with shapes in constant movement. They relate to mythological figures, landscape, animal forms, fragments of body parts with a ripe undercurrent of sensual and erotic possibilities. Dramatic and verging on the edge of narration, the lush and muscular paintings yet remain abstract, their subjects elusive and intriguing. My ever-shifting forms are suspended in layers of highly charged paint and sweeping, perfectly controlled gestures. These works redefine in contemporary terms the heritage of the Abstract Expressionist painters.

After degrees in architecture and photography, I began working as a printmaker for the next 12 years, primarily producing serigraphs. A series of collages added a spontaneous unplanned nature to the imagery. Having a small etching press, I then spent a year producing monotypes and took that process to the easel with oil paintings which I use today.

Photo by Donna Granata, Focus on the Masters

Photo by Donna Granata, Focus on the Masters

About Patricia Post

Photo by Donna Granata,   Focus on the Masters

Photo by Donna Granata, Focus on the Masters

I have an endless fascination for the human figure; the beauty and grace of its form and the power of its gesture to evoke response. I am interested in the provocation of gesture as it relates to the paradox and contradictions of what it means to be human and the challenge of finding visual forms to hold emotion and the narrative of experience. I often work from an unconscious, intuitive place,  surprising myself over what comes out of that.  I am interested in creating image where beauty and bravery meet, and to tell the truth ofwhat is haunting me...like a black hole that absorbs energy and then releases it as something new and alive. 
Ultimately, I am fascinated by the distinguishing qualities of human nature; our relationships, our passions, how we choose to exist, believe, or interact. Everything refers back to that, no matter the object that I am discovering.  I have great empathy for human vulnerability.

Having retired after 41 years of teaching within the Visual and Performing Arts, I have fully embraced the life of a full time artist. Making image is born of something inherent in who I am as well as a need to complete a relationship with something outside of myself. I have degrees in Studio Art and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and continue to explore my interest in both painting and printmaking.


The Post's participate in an Annual Open Studio Tour with the Santa Barbara Studio Artists.

2018 Open Studio Tour Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, Sunday, Monday September 1-3