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Deda Jacobsen began her career as an artist as a child. With a grandfather that was an artist (painter) as her first teacher and role model, Deda's creativity was nurtured and blossomed in what was already an established "creative" family.

Deda Jacobsen - headshot

The integration between visual art and audio art, music and lyrics, consumed Deda for the first several decades of her life. Her mother, a music teacher met her father by the piano at a party, and that harmony continued to strike a chord throughout her childhood with her siblings in front of the piano and singing three part harmonies. An avid fine arts exhibitor with a variety of exhibitions, Deda stepped into the public eye at an early age entertaining friends and family. Deda, always introduced as "the artist" in her family; her sister, "the singer and pianist"; and her brother, "the writer" and a professor of English literature, were prepared in adolescence to exhibit their respective "arts."

Deda studied under the direction of Ed Buttwinick, the then Founder and Director of the Brentwood Art Center in Los Angeles, California. As a result his instruction, Deda went "pro" in 1977 and in search of her own, personal artistic expression, as well as began teaching for the Brentwood Art Center. By her thirties, Deda was on her way to becoming a skilled portrait artist.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Deda is an award winning artist and educator who has received a selection of awards and recognitions, a sampling of which has included:

  • "California Open" at Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA, 1994, Juror Laddie John Dill, Honorable Mention, 1994
  • Library, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., 1993
  • "17th Annual Multi-Media Show" for the Fine Arts Federation, Creative Arts Center Municipal Gallery, Burbank, CA, Juror Suzanne Muchnic, Juror's Selection Award, 1991
  • "Seven Western States Open Juried Exhibition" at Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA, Juror Tressa Miller, Third Place, 1991
  • California State Fair, Sacramento, CA, Fourth Place in Oil Painting, 1981

Deda has been asked to appear on a variety of art and community related projects. She has been featured on Century Cable, discussing the topics of "Construction Art" for LA Now and "Women as Artists," as an Art History Consultant for KNBC. on "The Kelly and Gail Show." Deda has also been featured in various print publications for her talent, including the Palisadian Post.

With three grown children, and a part-time teaching schedule at the Brentwood Art Center, Deda continues to foster her work as an artist, as well as teach and lecture on the topics of drawing, painting, color theory and art history. Many of her students have taken the bold step of leading a life as an artist, and the excitement of mentoring people, as an extension of her works of art, creates a continuum of serenity and joy affecting Deda's character and life work at the core of her being.

"I adore teaching art, especially seeing the progress my students make, not just with technique but with the all important permission to be themselves and have a good time. It shows in their paintings."

− Deda Jacobsen


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