Marc Chagall said that no matter what other influences an artist might turn to, "a certain essence - an aroma of his birthplace clings to his work."  My work bridges my unique life experience and my interior world, yet it is grounded in my family and place of origin.  As a child, I was steeped in the vastness, sunlight, brilliant color and rich cultural diversity of the Rio Grande Valley, elements that shaped my artistic vocabulary.

I grew up in a house of my father's design, a house with exposed joists, sleek lines, bursts of color and windows connecting interior and exterior spaces.  Structural elements are likewise left revealed in my paintings as I strive for simplicity, seeking a feeling or idea's essence.  In the process, the paintings evolve in layers pierced by "windows" through which recognizable objects float and symbolic images emerge to become personal icons.

My approach to painting is improvisational, like modern dance or jazz or dreaming and I prefer the fluidity and unpredictability of oils because they continually surprise me and lead me in unexpected directions.  As a result, the paintings are meditative, inviting the viewer to enter into deep, intimate spaces where layers of meaning are revealed slowly, upon reflection.  Like the breath in yoga, they open with close attention, illuminating small revelations we only dimly perceive with our everyday eyes.


EDUCATION
      
  BFA 1982 University of Houston, Houston, TX
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
      
2017 York & York:  Midcentury Transitions, Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, Harlingen, TX (Curator:  Nydia Tapia Gonzales)
2011

trueorfalse, Nau-haus, Dan Mitchell Allison, Houston, TX
Finding Her Feet, The Jung Center, Houston, TX

2008

Buchanan Gallery, Galveston, TX
Tacia Retablos
, South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, AK

2007

Tacia Retablos,  UT Medical School Houston Art Wall, Houston, TX

2004

Buchanan Gallery, Galveston Island, TX

1990

Oxymoron:  Open Letter to the Pope, Firehouse Gallery, Houston, TX   

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS      

2014 Southern Exposure, Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel, FL
2014 Concealed / Revealed, Hunter Gather Project, Houston, TX
2013 A Tender Place, Williams Tower, Houston, TX (Curator:  Sally Sprout)
2012 God, Art Car Museum, Houston, TX
2010 Women's Stories, Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel, FL

2009

Spirited Women, Audley Society, Houston, TX (curator: Keith Hollingsworth)

2007 10 Women Perspectives,  The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, Clear Lake TX (curator: Debra Kendrick)
2000

Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2000, The Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX  (curator: Bruce Guenther)

1997

Outrageous AARP Salon, Diverse Works, Houston, TX (curator: Harvey Bott)
 
The Presence of the Absence of the Presence,
Davis Gallery/Pennzoil Place, Houston, TX (curator: Lynn Randolph)

1993

Lawndale Live! A Retrospective 1979-1990, Lawndale Art & Performance Center, Houston, TX 
  
Conventional Forms/Insidious Visions, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX (curator: Elizabeth McBride)

1992

Improvisational Spirit, Transco Gallery, Houston, TX (curator: Doug Blake)
Group Exhibition,
Graham Gallery, Houston TX

1989

Common Ground: Beyond Boundaries, Dallas City Hall, Dallas, TX (juror: Marilyn Zeitlin)
Visual Arts

Alliance 6th, Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition,
Republic Bank Center, Houston, TX (juror: Michael Peranteau)

1988

Houston Area Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX (jurors: Alison de Lima Greene, Edward & Nancy Kienholz, Richard Koshalek)

1987

Austin Annual 1987, Arts Warehouse, Austin, TX (curator: Pio Pulido)  3 to 5, Diverse Works, Houston, TX

1986

Austin Annual 1986,  Arts Warehouse, Austin, TX (curator: Pio Pulido)

1985

The East End Show, Lawndale Alternative, Houston, TX     

SELECTED LECTURES AND PANELS   

2009

Art and Illness Panel, Art League, Houston, TX

Art and Illness,
KPFT Radio Living Art (Michael Woodson and Melissa Nobel), Houston, TX

2008

Tacia Retablos, The Women’s Home Lecture Series, Houston, TX
 
Interwoven:  Coping Through Art,
South Arkansas Center on Aging, South Central
Center on Aging, Life Touch Hospice, El Dorado, Arkansas

2007

Interwoven:  Dying, Memory and Healing Through Art,  Presented by the John P. McGovern, M.D. Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit and the UT Art Wall Committee, UT Medical School,  Houston, TX.

1999

End of Life: Coping Through Creativity Panel,  Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX
  

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND INVOLVEMENT  

2012 Artist Internship for Ava Morton, Art student UC Santa Barbara

1993

Women’s Drum Corp, Houston, TX

1990

Treasurer  Houston Women’s Caucus for Art

1989

Treasurer Houston Women’s Caucus for Art
Women in Prison Collaborative Workshop, Gatesville State Prison Women’s Unit
      

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS/ARTICLES    

"Spoken", Houston Chronicle, December 15, 2013

Sandra York "true or false" Nau-haus Art Catalogue 2011

“Artist Mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease behind ‘Tacia Retablos’.”  El Dorado News Times, El Dorado, Arkansas, March 2008

“Tacia Retablos take to the Art Wall”,  Scoop, The University of TX Medical School of  Houston, February 2007

Jean West Rudnicki, "10 Women, 10 Perspectives Unveiled," Change Magazine, October, 2007

Heather Diamond, “Healing Art: TheTacia Retablos,” The New Crisis, November, 1998

Johannes Birringer, “Freedom of Expression,” Public News, June 1990

Anne H. Roberts, “Alternative Art Spaces Are Alive & Well,” Public News, May, 1990

Jana Vanderlee, “While The Jury’s Out,” The Houston Arts, October, 1988.

Donna Tennant, “Houston Galleries,” No Bluebonnets, No Yellow Roses: Essays on Texas

Sylvia Moore, “Women in the Arts, Ed, Midmarch Arts Press, New York, 1988

Patricia C. Johnson, “Sensual Enough in Appearance To Intrigue the Viewer” Houston Chronicle, July 12, 1986.

Frank Kalmykov, Sandra York”, The Inquirer, ed., Houston, TX Sept-Oct. 1986