Jody L Wiggins - Artist, Painter, Creator
My formal education and training has been on going. I studied art at the University of Southern California in the 1960's. I taught for LAUSD for 52 years. I retired on the 6th of June, 2018. I will miss the children yet it time for me to stop. During those years I also was the GATE teacher for gifted children and I was able to develop a yearly art exhibition for the students at 186th Street School in Gardena, California.
I have a thirst for learning. In 1995, I decided to take a class at the Palos Verdes Art Center and I have been taking classes ever since. My experience with artists is the fact that they share ideas, other artists, classes and articles. I met Henry Fukahara, whose work is in the Smithsonian. I have taken classes from Henry, Gemma Taccogna, who was a student of Marc Chagall, Linda Moyer Stevens, Neil Nagy, Craig Antrim and others. I loved my classes at Otis Art Institute and I plan on always taking classes for new techniques, styles and motivation.
My grandmother, Mrs. Edith Sherman, was my mentor. She gave me life to play and discover art when I was a small child. She had her own art studio in Oakland, California when she was 92 years old. She was Bohemian by nature and she and I were inseparable by spirit. I still feel her influence, her calm and her dedication.
This is my background concerning my family. My father was an Oral Surgeon. He was so gifted in his field. He was head dentist for The Hilton Hotels in Los Angeles where he was respected by everyone that was associated with his work.
I was an only child. In my childhood, my Auntie Ann and my cousins were my closest family. Today we are still quite close. This is a gift that I will always value.
I am married to a wonderful man, Michael. He has a lot to put up with because I am an artist and our home is our studio. This can be a bit messy at times. I have a son Jeffery and 2 grandchildren, Sydney and Hunter. Both children are a delight and I always look forward towards being with them. Kids are always our teachers.
The South Bay Watercolor Society in Torrance, California
The Artists Open Group in Palos Verdes, California
The Artists Studio Gallery in Rolling Hills, California
The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media for The United States National Museum of Women in the Arts
The Torrance Art Museum
The Palos Verdes Art Center
Southern California Committee for United States National Museum of Women in the Arts
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Private classes with Outstanding artists
Linda Moyer Stevens
Exhibition Record - Museums, Institutions and Awards
2018: Summer Show, Palos Verdes Art Center
2018: ISEA International Experimental Art Group Juried Show in Newport, Oregon, Sept-October
2018: Malaga Cove Lawn Shows April-September Palos Verdes Estates
2018: Organically At Your Best August-September
2018: Winter Show, Palos Verdes Art Center
2018: South Bay Watercolor Society South Bay Lexus, Won Henry Fukahara Award, "Memories"
2018: AOG Show. Won Honorable Mention Friends
2018: Studio Home Tour: October 6-7th
2017: Watercolor Society Show: Henry Fukahara cash Award, "Friends"
2016: Cultural Arts Commission City of Torrance awarded Jody Wiggins and Bill Messenger for this years recipient for Visual arts and Design for the South Bay Lexus Group Shows.
2016: Show at TAS Life's Treasures and on-going shows
2015: South Bay Lexus Show for Artist Open Group, Won Honorable Mention for Encased Powers
2015: Sold privately, Demonstrations at Gallery 159, 3 shows at TAS and on-going shows
2015: Studio Home Tour in my home in Rancho Palos Verdes
2014: Several shows in Los Angeles, Private Showings, Malaga Cove Lawn Show
2013: Several shows in TAS, TAM, Studio Home Tour
2012: The Artists' Studio Gallery at the Village 2.20.12-4.1.12 Chromatic Energy Exhibition
2012: Terranea Hotel Resort, February 12, 2012 Norris Theater Function
2012: Unitarian Church, Santa Monica 1260 18th Street, Solo Show for January, 2012
2011: Flag Stop, Chair of Community Relations, Lexus Complex, Labor Day Weekend
2011: Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, Rancho Palos Verdes
2011: South Bay Watercolor Society, NWS, San Pedro
2011: Artists' Studio Gallery, Pasticle 1 Show Rolling Hills
2010: Torrance Art Museum, South Bay Focus, Juried Show
2010: In Motion, Human Body in Movement Power of Art, Beach Cities Health District
2010: The Artist's Studio Gallery, The Mind’s Eye Exhibit, Paul Conrad, Jody Wiggins, Phil Earl, Lois Olsen
2009: Terranea Resorts has one of my original's, "Baby Seagull’s" in their main lobby
2009: Terranea Resorts have 53 Giclee’s of my work in their casitas
2009: Prisms Exhibition at The Artist's Studio Gallery, Rolling Hills, Calif.
2009: Debbi Watson's Salon, Changes, Solo Show January to April, 2009
2009: Work displayed at Don Knabe's Office County Supervisor for Los Angeles
2008: APC Fine Arts & Graphic Gallery, Torrance, California 3/29-4/26- 2008 "Reflective Lights, Late Winter" Favorable Critics
2007: Torrance Art Museum, Won Honorable Mention for "Ocean Symphony"
2007: "Meditations" Exhibition at The Artist's Studio Gallery 5/14-6/24/2007
2007: Received First Place for painting, Melody of Treasures 26 X 60"
2007: Awarded Artist of The Year by The South Bay Watercolor Society, Torrance
2007: The Ellen Degeneres Show, shared my painting of Ellen, gave me credits for the stain glass effect of her painting
2006: Torrance Art Museum, The Unknown, Honorable Mention
2006: The Artist's Open Group, Palos Verdes, The Unknown, First Place
2005: The Artist's Open Group, Palos Verdes, Close Encounters, First Place
2004: The Artist's Open Group, Palos Verdes, The Protectors, First Place
2003: The Artist's Open Group, Palos Verdes, Gemma's Dance, First Place
2002: The Today Show with Matt Lauer, New York City, New York. Matt Lauer came down for an interview.
Exhibition Record - Galleries and Art Shows
2018: AOG/ Paleteers art show at South Bay Lexus
2018: CreationOvation Art Center & Art Muzeo Magazine Art Show
2018: Los Angeles Art Show at the Convention Center: Tom Sergott Agent/ Exhibitor booth 725
2017: Palos Verdes Holiday Show Juried
2017: San Francisco Art Show
2017: New York Art Show with Tom Sergott
2017: The Hamptons art show with Tom Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance
2017: Palm Springs Art Show with Tom Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance Group
2016: South Bay Lexus Art Show for South Bay Watercolor Society
2011: 2016 South Bay Watercolor Society, Juror, Sam Clayberger
2010: Torrance Art Museum, Max Presneill, Curator
200: Terranea Resorts, Rancho Palos Verdes, 53 Giclee's in each Casita and Main Lobby
200: Solo Show at Changes Salon Torrance, Jan. through April
2009: The artist’s studio Gallery Exhibition Jan.5th-Feb.15th "Prisms"
2000-2008: Palos Verdes Art Center, Malaga Cove Lawn Shows, April-Sept., 1 of 20 artists
2000: Joslyn Art Center, South Bay Watercolor Society Exhibition, Group Show
2004: Whole Foods Market, Torrance, California, Solo Exhibition
2004: South Bay Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Group Show
2005: South Bay Watercolor Society, San Pedro, Calif. Group Show
2005: Accepted into The Artists Studio Gallery, Palos Verdes, California
2006: The Artists Studio Gallery Exhibition with 3 other artists
2006: Summer Studios Art Academy, Lomita, Calif. Solo Exhibition
2006: Fallkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, California, Group Show
2006: Torrance Art Museum, SBWS, Group Show, Honorable Mention
Magazine and Newspaper References
2017: "Epic Warrior" on the cover of The New York Art Event & on the Internet
2016: Article in Peninsula People for Life's Treasure's Show at Gallery 159
Catalog, Flag Stop, 2011
The Easy Reader, August, 2011,
The Daily Breeze, August, 2011
Artillery Magazine, August, 2011
The Art of Layering: Making Connections
The Daily Breeze Newspaper, "Neighbors" Jody Wiggins has been awarded Artist of The Year by the South Bay Watercolor Society. Article date is January 20, 2008.
The Easy Reader, January 5, 2009 article and photo of "Toucan's of Costa Rica" by Jody Wiggins
The Easy Reader, August, 2008, article and photo of "Reflective Lights" by Jody Wiggins
Dealers or Representatives
Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance, Rancho Santa Fe, 2017
Sara Balough, Interior Designer, Rolling Hills Estates
Lexus Complex, Torrance, Calif. FlagStop Event
The Artists Studio Gallery, Rolling Hills, California - on going
Fallkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, Calif. Layerist Society Show
Debbi Watson's Salon, "Changes" Solo show from January until April, 2009
My love of art revolves around my struggles and successes to create on canvas and paper mysteries of life. I am a contemporary artist. My styles are free and strong. My goals are to have the viewer enjoy my work yet intrigued by my subject matter. I love to make a blank piece of paper or canvas come alive. I want intrigue, mystery and soul to be a part of my art.
I have been very fortunate to have traveled to many different countries and I always view each experience with an artistic eye. I do have my favorite places of reference and Bora Bora is one of them. Wherever I go I see an idea for a new concept for a painting. It's amazing how a leaf or a drain or the movement of water can inspire me to paint. Rufino Tamayo is my favorite artist. His era of art gave me my soul of painting. He was so dedicated to live breath and share his love of art with the world.
Art has been a bridge for me when times were sad. I know that life has its ups and downs, yet my world of art was able to camouflage my sadness and bridge my strength. I am very fortunate to be living the life that I am living today. I live in a beautiful place where I can see the ocean and listen to the waves. I am grateful for a life of peace and happiness with a terrific family to share my love of art.