Born in Holland Thea Robertshaw
received her Bachelor's of Art at California State University,
Long Beach, California. She carried a double major, Art and
Music. Thea completed her advanced studies in Drawing and Painting,
receiving a Master's of Art at CSULB. She continued her studies
with Sam Clayburger at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California.
Thea Robertshaw's figurative paintings reflect the archetypal
realm of dreams, cross-cultural symbols and myths. Thea's interest
in indigenous peoples and their sacred arts influenced her
development as an artist. Her studies with anthropologists,
native shamanism and Jungian philosophy, have broadened her
appreciation of the ancient ways still found in today's world.
Many paintings reflect the inner and outer reality of these
tribal cultures; and respect for the earth and her creatures.
Memories of World War II, growing up as a child in Holland,
hiding Jews in the family attic, are expressed figuratively
in narrative paintings that are both poignant and intense. "She
[Robertshaw] also painted canvases that drew on wartime memories
such as the time her mother locked her toys in a cupboard;
then sold them off for food." Her powerful brush strokes
and richly colored paintings express those traumatic moments
in time. Her abstract paintings are luminous, passionate, personal
expressions of the inner emotional landscape.
Robertshaw has exhibited primarily in Southern California
galleries, museums and alternative facilities including: Space
Gallery, Long Beach, California; The Armory Show, Long Beach
California; McGroarty Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California;
Downey Museum of Art, California; Joselyn Center Gallery, Torrance,
California. She has also shown her paintings at the Bridge
Gallery, Los Angeles, California; and Platt Gallery, University
of Judaism, Los Angeles, California. Public art mural commissions
included: The Living Planet Coffee House, Long Beach, California;
Long Beach Mall mural, California.
Thea's paintings are found in private and corporate collections
in the United States, Europe and South America. American collections:
Mr. & Mrs. David McKee, Anthropologist; Dr. Roemer; Beth
Nadel, Psychotherapist; Shelley Lavender, Platt Gallery, University
of Judaism; Laura James, Historian; Dr. & Mrs. Eglin; Rick
MacMahan, Psychotherapist; and Dr. Gretchen Von Boemel. European
Collections: Thea Huberts Furnee, Holland; Mr. & Mrs. Lenie
de Meier, Architect, Holland; Mike Bos, teacher, Paraguay;
and the British Petroleum Oil Collection.
Thea Robertshaw, a known lecturer and professor of art, taught
at Long Beach City College for over 17 years. She lectured
at such venues as The Jung Club of Orange County, Chapman University,
California; Long Beach Museum of Art, California; CVI, Long
Beach Cable; FHP Retreat for Healthcare Professionals; Bowers
Museum of Art, Santa Ana, California. Lectures were also given
at a retreat presented by Dr. John Land, Psychologist, and
an event presided over by Dr. Nightingale, Psychologist.