About Silvia Trujillo

I live, breathe, and sleep art. Creating art is a way of life for me.

Artist Silvia Trujillo

Artist Silvia Trujillo


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Silvia Trujillo is an artist and art instructor in Northern California and Oregon. Her work has been shown in The Crocker Art Museum, California State Capitol/ Office of the Governor, and The Haggin Art Museum. Her paintings have appeared in a variety of regional newspapers and magazines and her art is published for the commercial market in the form of prints and cards by Art Connex Publishing. Her work is part of corporate and private collections throughout North America, South America, and Europe.


With a history in fashion design, Silvia Trujillo has over 20 years experience in fine art study, painting, and teaching.  She is a master colorist, emphasizing color relationships and works in both impressionistic and realistic styles. Being influenced by such post-impressionists and modernist landscape painters as Tom Thomson and Wayne Theibaud, her work is bold, lively and visually stimulating. Silvia’s love of the natural world takes her into the realms of landscape, portraiture, animals and botanicals, expressing the sacred connection in all of life.


Personal Statement

Artist Silvia Trujillo at Ashland Paintout

Silvia Trujillo at Ashland Paintout, 2015

My goal is to consistently produce paintings that are original and express my love of nature. I’m experimental—you will find different surfaces, approaches and subjects in my work. I love color and varied value patterns. Landscape painting is a natural extension of this love and attracts me to the dramatic light that occurs during a storm or at dawn and dusk.


In order to convey my vision accurately I employ the use of lost and found edges, knowledge of color temperature, a variety of brush strokes, design of space and contrasting values.


I feel deeply the effects of the vanishing natural environment, and it is my hope to pass on a respectful, caring, and thoughtful approach to preserving this area’s beauty by honoring the landscape in my paintings.


Achievements and Awards


Awards received in National Juried Competitions include Best of Show, Best Use of Color, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place awards, and several Awards of Merit. These awards were juried by renowned artists and art professors including Gregory Kondos, David Hollowell, Patrick Dullanty, and Gil Dellinger.


Credentials, Distinctions & Gallery Information




Areas of expertise include painting in all media, advanced drawing, printmaking and an extensive knowledge of 19th and 20th century artists and art movements. I also provide instruction in these described areas.


Work Experience


Studio One Art Classes


  • Sacramento, CA (Jan. 1995 – June 2008)
  • Corvallis, OR (Sept. 2005 – Dec. 2006)
  • Ashland, OR (June 2008 –Present)
  • Owner / Instructor of painting and drawing classes for children, teens, and adults (all levels)

The Learning Exchange


  • 1111 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA (Feb. 2000 – May 2005)
    Instructor of bi-monthly oil painting workshops
    Reference Contact: Sue London (916) 929-9200;

Sierra College


  • 5000 Rocklin Rd. Rocklin, CA (Fall 2002- Fall 2005)
    Instructor of oil painting classes held quarterly
    WEBSITE: www.sccommed.org
    (916) 781-0590



  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Illustration/ Fashion Design from The Art Center College Of Design, Los Angeles, CA (June, 1977)

Fine Art Study/ Instructors


  • Wayne Thiebaud / UC Davis – Professor and world famous artist, 1990- 1991
  • Susan Sarback / School of Light & Color – founder and author, 1989- 1991
  • Suchitra Bohsle – Artist and contemporary of Richard Schmid, 2003- 2005
  • Terry Miura – regionally acclaimed artist, 2004- 2007

Awards and Achievements

Silvia Trujillo painting en plein aire, 2015

Silvia Trujillo painting en plein aire.



  • Award of Distinction, Umpqua Plein Air Competition

Office of The Governor Of California


  • Juried Show, “Winter in California”. Sponsored by the California Arts Council, Barry Hessenius, Director.

Crocker Art Museum Annual Art Auction


  • Accepted Artist 2001-2005. Various distinguished jurors.



  • Special Award, Patrons Choice Award & Honorable Mention
    Amador County Art Assn. 18th Annual
    Juror: Carl Vosburgh Miller, AWS WSW
  • Best Use of Color
    CA Arts League Annual Show
    Juror: Dan Peterson, Professor of Art, Modesto J.C.
  • Honorable Mention
    Chico Art Center Open, “Defining Vessels” National Juried Exhibition
    Juror: David Middlebrook/ Assoc. Art Director, SJSU



  • Best of Show
    Amador County Artists Association 17th Annual Open
    Juror: David Hollowell, Distinguished Artist and Professor of Art, University of California, Davis.
  • Award of Merit
    The Sacramento Bee 24th Annual Open
    Juror: Patrick Dullanty, Professor of Art & Department Head
  • 1st Place: Oil, Impasto, Acrylic</strong
    California Arts League Annual Open
    Juror: Gerald Boyd, SWA PSWC
  • 1st Place: Oil
    New Artworks 3rd Annual Open 1999
    Juror: Greg Kondos, Prof. of Art CSUS, Sacramento



  • Award of Merit
    Haggin Museum of Art, Stockton, CA, 47th Annual National Exhibit
    Juror: Gil Dellinger, Distinguished Artist and Professor of Art, University of the Pacific
  • Award of Excellence
    Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons (WASH)
    Juror: Greg Kondos, Prof of Art, CSUS, Sacramento
  • 2nd Place: Oil
    California Arts League Annual Open
    juror: Pat Smoot, Distinguished Artist



Volunteer positions


  • The Jackson Street Youth Shelter: Art instruction and fundraising support
  • The Sacramento Tree Foundation: Artistic design for fundraising projects
  • St. John’s Women Shelter: Art therapy sessions for residents
  • Sacramento Fine Arts Center: Vice President of California Arts League

Artist in Residence


  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Sacramento Fine Arts Center.

Periodic Workshops, Lectures and Demonstrations


  • Rogue Gallery & Art Center
  • Rogue Manor Adult Community
  • Twin Creeks Adult Community
  • Siskiyou Field Institute
  • Sun City Roseville
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstores

Gallery Affiliations




  • The Artful Eye
    210 Cloverdale Blvd.,  Cloverdale, CAphone: 707.894.7449


  • Art & Soul Gallery
    247 East Main Street, Ashland, Oregonphone: 541.488.9006




  • 20th St Gallery
    Owners: Jim & Joni Ferry
    Sacramento, CA 2002-2010
  • Connextions Gallery
    Owner: Patricia Calegari
    Sausalito & Healdsberg, CA 2003-2009
  • 404 Gallery
    Owner: Howard Stover
    Roseville, CA 2006-2009
  • Pegasus Gallery
    Owner: Bill Shumway
    Corvallis, OR 2005-2008
  • Gallerie Karon
    Contact: Karen
    Ashland, OR 2006-2008
  • Elliott Fouts Gallery
    Owner: Elliott Fouts
    Sacramento, CA 2001-2007
  • River Road Gallery
    Contact: Laura
    Locke, CA 2003-2007
  • Sutter Creek Gallery
    Owner: Brent Parsons
    Sutter Creek, CA 2002-2004
  • McConnell Gallery
    Owner: Shelly McConnell
    San Luis Obispo, CA 2002- 2003