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Tesa Locks Carlsen

  • 59 Golden Hinde Blvd, San Rafael, CA 94903, USA

Studio Information

Building Name

Creatives By The Bay Shared Studio

COVID Precautions

About The Artist

Artist Statement

Art is my way back to myself. It is where I respond to a world gone mad. Painting is physical for me. I paint on board or canvas or paper, with collage, with blocks of rubber I’ve carved, with the written word, crayons and markers and with beautiful papers made on my gelli plate. I paint with my fingers, with brushes, window wipers, old credit cards, sponges and anything that makes a good mark. I make portraits and abstracts, depending on how the instructions flow through me. I am influenced by my earliest days in a family of artists, and by my mindfulness practice, receiving inspiration from the natural world and from the world of Spirit.


Tesa grew up in San Francisco during the Beat era. Her home was full of art and artists. Life in the Locks household was ALL about Art. Early college days Tesa studied metal smithing and theatre arts. She left her beloved City as a young single mom headed to the country to feel the seasons, hear roosters crow in the morning and to give her daughter the experience of earth underneath her bare feet. They landed in Sonoma. Through the 70’s and 80’s she was a masseuse, a professional birth attendant, a hypnotherapist, and finally, for the last many years, a Clinical Psychologist. When she retired from private practice in 2020 Tesa returned to the visual arts. Art became the avenue to experience and express the loss of a deeply meaningful life’s work. The joy of painting has been a rejuvenating force. Collage found its way onto the canvas, into her abstract paintings and even her portraits. Tesa has been creating new work this year and is looking forward to sharing it.

Art Medium(s)

Acrylic Paint, Mixed Media

Group Studio Details

Six members of the Creatives by the Bay couldn’t be more excited to exhibit together in one place during Marin Open Studios. From atmospheric to abstract, painterly to contemporary, this diverse collection offers a glimpse of our individual inspirations and journeys. The work ranges in size from very large canvases (6′ plus) to smaller works on paper and birch panel framed and ready to hang. Come find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Creatives by the Bay Artists:

Tesa Locks Carlsen

Sarah Silverstein

Claire Halenbeck

Jane Yuen Corich

Ryan Lynch

Suzanne Young



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Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

Graton Gallery, Graton, CA, ‘Small Works” Juried Show December 2023

Arts Guild of Sonoma “Glimpse” Juried Show: January 2024

Marin Open Studios Creatives by the Bay Group Show: 59 Golden Hinde Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94903 – May 4 and 5, 2024

Americana, Sebastopol Group Show: 162 North Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 – March, 2024

Studio Vittorelli Group Show: 1553 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 – June 1-July 30, 2024





2022 Louise Fletcher, Finding Your Joy

2022 Louise Fletcher, Finding Your Voice

2023 Art2Life, Creative Visionary Program

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Open late April to Mid May, 2024
May 4-5 & 11-12, 2024

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