Twyla Arthur moved to the San Francisco Bay Area as a young adult
after growing up in a small town near Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was living
in the Bay Area that inspired her to continue her studies in painting
and sculpture. In fact, it was a specific exhibit of paintings by
Paul Klee at the University Art Museum in Berkeley that showed her
a path for pursuing her work. She completed her MFA in sculpture
at Mills College in Oakland, California where she studied with well
known west coast artists: John Roloff, J. DeFeo, Ron Nagel and Katherine
It was in the Bay Area she began her career in public art completing
mosaic tile projects for the city of Dublin, California, the University
of California at Berkeley and the Bank of America in San Francisco.
She worked extensively with David Baker architects including working
on David Baker’s personal house which has been published in
several books and periodicals including Inside Architecture
by Susan Zevon, West Coast Wave by Dirk Sutro, Sunset Magazine,
Brava Casa magazine. Her own work was highlighted in The Art
of Mosaic Design by JoAnn Loctov and Leslie Plummer Claggett
and has been included in several other books on mosaic design.
Twyla Arthur moved to San Antonio, Texas several years ago. She
has continued her work in public art and has completed a number
of projects for the cities of San Antonio and Austin.