I welcome you here! I hope you cruise around and enjoy the fruits of my obsession with - and unflinching, life-long addiction to - beauty, outrageous color, and overwhelming fun, love and joy. When people purchase my work, it makes me feel like I've Done My Life Right. (Picture me doing Happy Dances...)
I'm not 'just' an artist. I do other weird things - like sailing with only one other person across the Pacific, hitch-hiking from San Francisco to New York and back (3 times), and eventually moving from New Mexico to New Zealand after falling in lust online. Yeh, well. Some of us love making mistakes and turning them into lemon meringue pie....
Which, oddly enough, resulted in a year and a half art residency in Gore, NZ, one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Almost better than carving for 6 weeks in Pietra Santa, base of ops for one of my heroes, Michelangelo.
All by themselves, my fingers can't seem to stay away from just about any art materials - they just creeeeep closer and closer to any they see, and *poof!* - without my knowing it, all of a sudden I'm at the easel or carving table again, making some odd thing I've never even begun to think of before. Or writing/illustrating yet another book. How I love this!
I can’t help it! I breathe, dream, eat, sleep and make art. All the time. Art is just what I do. I eat it, breathe it, walk it, talk it, make it and dream it. It can't be helped.
Really - I tried to stop! In the 80s I went for two years on an enforced art fast to see if it was ‘really me’ – and yup, it was – IS.
When I was young, I started out drawing portraits in pencil for school mates. I made a grand five bucks per portrait.
Because my folks didn't think a fine artist could make it, they sent me to Parsons School of Design to study Graphics. And indeed, it has been a huge advantage, in many ways.
For a time, I was angry at first that I couldn't study painting. Later on I realized my strong sense of space, form and line all come from those intense studies of typography and visual 2-dimensional design. Lucky me!
I went on to become an art director in an ad agency in San Francisco, and, bored out of my head, I subsequently deserted ship when the Hippy era began in the mid 60s. It was smoke a lot of pot, don’t-tie-me-down, and off to Big Sur I went with my insanely heavy backpack, where I dropped lots of acid and hung out with the Grateful Dead.
I started painting around that time; and then ended up in Santa Cruz making pottery. Making pots lasted about 20 years.
I started out making very coarse stoneware, and ended up making very fine, ridiculously high-fired (3000 degrees) porcelain with hand-drawn designs.
Then a friend introduced me to stone. Love at first sight. I’m still in love.
Stone is the best medium yet for the simple, roundified forms I like to make.
I've been carving stone for more than 20 years now, and never get tired of it.
You can see the many different types of stone sculpture I’ve done at AngelaTreatLyonART.com. And a whole lot of my other work, too – mandalas, pastels, books….
And wouldn’t you know it? I never thought anything could snatch me away from stone, but suddenly in October of 2017 I found myself going wild about watercolors. Color just reached in and grabbed me by the guts.
I did over 450 paintings in about 6 months. Some good, some absolute turkeys, but man did I have fun.
Then, in September of 2020, the same thing happened again - only this time with pastels! Ohhh the colors!!!! I hadn't used pastels for 40 years, and all of a sudden, I couldn't stop.
And out of the blue here came a whole slew of new works - done in a flash. When I go for it, I really go for it!
I can’t seem to keep from dipping my fingers into all sorts of pies. I love to write, so in the late 90s, I started writing books completely by accident.
Since then, I’ve written and compiled over 50 books, and I also design and publish books for other authors, as well. You can see many of them at AngelaTreatLyonBOOKS.com.
Let me know if you have any questions about my artwork, or want to purchase or commission something.
Thanks so very much for viewing my site!