Alan Tarbell is a mixed media painter who is aesthetically inspired by nature’s infinite combination of form, light, texture, atmosphere and rhythm. Exposure through travel and exploration into diverse physical and cultural environments formulate his conceptual approach. His work has been widely reviewed in Mexico where he lived from 2002-2008.
Alan's art work has been exhibited in galleries in Toluca, Queretaro and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as well as Oakland, Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. World travels and concurrent work as a travel guidebook author and illustrator for Lonely Planet Publications, publishing titles on: México (2006), Hawaii, the Big Island (2005), Indonesia (2003), and Ecuador (2001), have further inspired his work.
Alan Tarbell received a BA in Geography with a minor Geology from the University of California at Davis in 1997. In 2005 he received his MFA from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he spent four years as a bilingual professor.
He currently lives and works from his studio in Oakland, CA. Alan also teaches painting and drawing at the Richmond Art Center, the ASUC Berkeley and the Sharon Art Studio in San Francisco. His work is held by numerous private collectors in Mexico and the US.