Darlene Boyd was born in Lodi, California, a fourth generation Californian, and grew up in the local vineyards. She was nurtured, at an early age, by Constance M. Darden, who gave studio art lessons for local children in Lodi. These experiences set many of Ms. Boyd's expressive anchors and eventually led her to study art in college. She is an Honors graduate of Brooks Institute, School of Fine Arts / Santa Barbara Art Institute. She majored in sculpture, along with a strong emphasis in both drawing and painting. She was privileged to have studied under the notable and esteemed professional artists: Alice Carr de Creeft (sculpture), Duane Loppnow (sculpture), Ray S. Strong (landscape painting), Richard Barrett (figure drawing), Priscilla Bendershore (drawing and painting), Douglas Paschal (portrait drawing).
She moved to Fresno with her husband, and family in 1981. She continued to enjoy teaching art at Bullard TALENT and Camp Shalom as a Director of Fine Arts. She expanded her exploratory studies of fiber media under the mentorship of Kathy Wosika, a locally celebrated, Fresno fiber artist. She continues to teach art in workshops and private lessons.
Ms. Boyd is now the Chief Creative Officer of Studio 23, nestled in the pastoral mission town of San Juan Bautista, California. She continues to create sculptures, landscapes, florals, still lifes, portraits and architectural paintings as well as creative environments. She finds time to work on projects in other contemporary media and genres. Her work is currently on exhibit in several California Central Coast venues and is enjoyed by many private collectors, local and international. To learn more about Ms. Boyd and her art please visit her on-line portfolio page or you are welcome to make an appointment to visit her studio in San Juan Bautista.
Visual Art Skills
clay & wax modeling
mold making waste mold stone carving
bronze, cement, plaster & paper casting
8+ Scripts and
personal handwriting (Joined Italic)
inclusions plant fibers bookmaking
coil & woven basketmaking
batik tie dye
felt making embroidery
calligraphy type setting
paste up layout
copy creation design
illustration logos, etc.
Artists-Writers Workshop: designed by Beth Olshansky for illustration, literacy, descriptive and poetry writing.
value theory chiaroscuro
prisma color carbon pencil
conte crayon pastel
pen/brush & ink
murals color theory
still life trompe l'oiel faux finishes gauche
PRINT MAKING monotype cardboard
rubbings silk screen nature vegetable
black & white developing
pin hole cameras
use of digital cameras
Pick Your Passion workshops and lessons available upon request and negotiated accordingly.
Rhoda received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She went on to receive her MFA at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has taught art in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Boston, MA, Miami and Orlando Florida, Alameda and Santa Cruz counties in California. She has also worked at the Brooklyn Museum, NY, Miami Art Museum, FL and Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. She exhibited in various galleries in New York City, Boston, Miami, Orlando, Alameda, Santa Cruz & Aromas CA She now resides in Watsonville, CA, where she pursues her fused glass creations.