Gladys Jimenez

Gladys painting mural in 1981, at John Marshall High School, Griffith Park, California.

Gladys painting in Michael Steirnagle's figure painting class in 2012 in San Marcos, California.

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BIO & CV

Gladys Jimenez was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1963. She has travelled to over 20 countries abroad, and has lived in Mexico for several years. She currently lives in San Diego, CA.

While Ms. Jimenez has always been a creative person (in high school she created the posters for art production department, the flyers and programs for the high school theater, and in her senior year she created the school mural), it was her summer trip to Europe in 1985 that inspired her to use oil as her preferred painting medium.

Ms. Jimenez first juried art exhibit was in 1986 at the Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood CA. Ms. Jimenez had a buyer for her painting the first day of exhibit.

From 2011-2013 Ms. Jimenez took fundamental art classes at CSUSM and Palomar College in San Marcos CA where she studied under Michael Steirnagle, Ken Joudrey and Steven Curry to name a few. 

Ms. Jimenez believes in growing and making her artwork stronger with time. In 2018 she was part of Nicholas Wilton's 12 week Creative Visionary Mentorship Program.

Ms. Jimenez has exhibited her artwork in numerous juried art exhibitions and has received several awards. Her artwork has been published in several publications and is collected worldwide by collectors.

Ms. Jimenez taught art in public schools for 18 years and is the founder of Boldly Creating Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide school supplies to elementary schools that do not have an art program. She is also the founder of HappyScribbles.net, an art website for children. 


Awards and Honors


2018      Honorary Award, Local Color Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror:  People's Choice)

2017      3rd Place, Cash Award, Art Riot Uncensored Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Wendy Maruyama)

2016      1st Place, Cash Award, All Mixed Up Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Terrence Sanders)

2015        Honorary Mention, Local Color Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA. (Juror: Harry Bliss)

2014      3rd Place, Cash Award, Local Color Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA. (Juror: Ilona Radelow)

2014      Honorable Mention, Contemporary Realism Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA. (Juror: Harry Bliss)

2013      1st Place in Visual Arts, Cash Award, Bravura Literary Journal, San Marcos, CA. 


Select Juried Exhibitions


2018     Novel Ideas: Books, Print and Pulp Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art    Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Elaine Antonuik)

2018     Contemporary Realism Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Alessandra Moctezuma)

2018     Legends and Myths Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Brian Gibson and Wendy Wilson-Gibson)

2017     Re-Imagined Betty Woodaman Memorial Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Johnny Tran)

2017     Del Mar Fair Fine Art, Del Mar Fair, Del Mar, CA (Jurors: Del Mar Fair Art Committee) 

2017      Contemporary Realism Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Michael Steirnagle)

2016        Summation 2016 Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Patric Stillman.)

2016      Contemporary Realism Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Don Manor)

2016      Nooks & Crannies Art Exhibit, La Jolla Riford Library, La Jolla, CA (Juror: Ken Goldman)

2016      The Power of Feminine Energy Art Exhibit, Centro Cultural De La Raza, San Diego, CA (Curator: Leticia Gomez Franco)

2015      Summation 2015 Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Lisa Bebi)

2015      Contemporary Realism Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Carol Mansfield)

2015        Teal Art Exhibit, Vista Branch Library, Vista, CA (Juror: Alexandra Babic)

2014      Betty Woodaman Memorial Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Jurors: Woody, Luke and Carol Woodaman)

2013      Summation 2013 Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido CA (Juror: Lauren Lockhart)

2012      Summation 2012 Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Martha Ehringer)

2012      Art Riot Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: John Rubesha)

2012      Contemporary Realism Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Tara Smith)

2011      Summation 2011 Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Juror: Charlotte Cagan)

1986      Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Hollywood, CA


Group and by Invitation Exhibitions


2018   La Jolla Community Center Fundraiser, La Jolla Community Center, La Jolla, CA (Invited) 

2018   Note-C Art Exhibit, Art on 30th, San Diego, CA (Group Show)

2018    Member's Choice Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Group Show)

2018    Wine and Art Exhibit,  CASA of Los Angeles,  Los Angeles, CA (Invited)

2018    Postcards from the Edge Art Exhibit, Gallery 524, New York, NY  (Invited)

2016    La Jolla Community Center Fundraiser, La Jolla Community Center, La Jolla, CA (Invited) 

2016    Something Feminine Art Exhibit, Art Tradition Gallery, Escondido, CA (Invited. Curator: Darrel McPherson) 

2016    2016 Panache Art Exhibit (For Award-Winning Artists), Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Invited) 

2015    57 Degrees Art Exhibit, 57 Degrees, San Diego, CA (Curator: Guy Lombeyda)

2015    Riford Art Exhibit, The Riford Center, La Jolla, CA (Group Show)

2015    Professor's Choice Art Exhibit, Boehm Gallery, San Marcos, CA (Group Show)

2015    2015 Panache Art Exhibit (For Award-Winning Artists), Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Invited)

2014    California, The Wellness Center Art Gallery, Vista, CA (Invited) 

2014    4th of July Art in the Park, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA (Invited)

2014    Riford Art Exhibit, The Riford Center, La Jolla, CA  (Group Show)

2014    Christmas Dreams Art Exhibit, Escondido Art Association, Escondido, CA (Group Show) 

2014    AAASD Art Exhibit, Adventures in Bridge Club, San Diego, CA. (Group Show) 

2014    Endangered Species Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA.  (Group Show)

2014    Riford Art Exhibit, The Riford Center, La Jolla, CA  (Group Show)

2014    2014 Panache Art Exhibit,  (For Award-Winning Artists), Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Invited)

2014    SmArt Exhibit, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA (Invited)

2014    57 Degrees Art Exhibit, 57 Degrees, San Diego, CA. (Group Show. Curated by Guy Lombeyda)

2013    57 Degrees Art Exhibit, 57 Degrees, San Diego, CA. (Group Show Curated by Guy Lombeyda) 

2013    Member's Art Exhibit, Escondido Art Association,  Escondido, CA (Group Show)  

2013    Professor's Choice Art Exhibit, Boehm Gallery, San Marcos, CA (Invited)

2013    57 Degrees Art Exhibit, 57 Degrees, San Diego, CA. (Group Show. Curated by Guy Lombeyda) 

2013    The heART Exhibit, Escondido Art Association,  Escondido, CA (Group Show) 

2013    Member's Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Group Show)

2012    Local Color Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Group Show)

2012    Freedom Art Exhibit, Glendale Gas Station,  Glendale, CA (Invited) 

2012    Chocolate and Art Exhibit, KGB Studios, Los Angeles, CA (Group show) 

2012    Professor's Choice Art Exhibit, Boehm Gallery, San Marcos, CA (Invited)

2012    Member's Art Exhibit, Escondido Municipal Art Gallery, Escondido, CA (Group Show)

2011    Installation Art Exhibit, CSUSM Art Gallery, San Marcos, CA (Group Show)

2011    Art Fundraiser Exhibit, CSUSM Art Gallery, San Marcos, CA (Invited) 


Featured Artist & Publications


2019    La Jolla Lifestyle Magazine, La Jolla, CA. Published in the "Artists and Makers" issue.

2019    Expression Through Abstraction, Allied Artists Association of San Diego, La Jolla, CA. Featured artist.

2017    Poets Inc Publication, Escondido, CA.  Published in the publication “Summation 2017”.

2016    Poets Inc Publication, Escondido, CA.  Published in the publication “Summation VIII 2016”.

2016    Art from the Heart Art Exhibit, Allied Artists Association of San Diego, La Jolla, CA. Featured artist.

2015    Paint Alchemy Art Exhibit, Allied Artists Association of San Diego, La Jolla, CA.  Featured artist. 

2014    Poets Inc Publication, Escondido, CA.  Published in the publication “Summation VI 2014”.

2013    Bravura Literary Magazine, San Marcos, CA. Published in national award winning magazine.  

2013    Poets Inc Publication, Escondido, CA.  Published in the publication “Summation V 2013”.

2012    Poets Inc Publication, Escondido, CA.  Published in the publication “Summation IV 2012”.


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