Sydney Kopeikin


"Still Life of Tub"



"Walls and Memories"



"The Raven and the Stone"










The quest for self-exploration came to me through my art.  During my quest, I explored mask-making, calligraphy, silversmithing, clay and gourd art.  I conducted many workshops and provided craft experiences for thousands of children and adults in the South Bay of Southern California.

From 1999-2004, my husband and I traveled around Europe in a motorhome.  During that 5-year sojourn, I discovered that I was missing something in my artistic development, and that was the ability to draw and paint.  Europe opened my eyes to wonders I had never experienced before.  I longed to be able to record some of these new visions on paper and canvas.

In 2005 at the age of 60, I crossed off the second goal on my Bucket List, to learn how to draw.  I attended my first life drawing class at Santa Barbara City College, Continuing Ed program.

In 2007, I embraced my third Bucket List goal, to learn how to paint.  I began taking pastel classes with 2 wonderful teachers, Jannene Behl and Bert Collins.

I am captivated by the play of light.  What intrigues me most, are the exteriors and interiors of old buildings.  They evoke my imagination of the untold stories and layers of life that had taken place.  If old buildings and objects could talk, what stories would they tell?

Affiliations:  Founding member of Pastel Society of the Gold Coast, The Degas Pastel Society, Ventura County Pastel Society

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