Paula "Sunshine" Riff
It is with profound sadness that we have said farewell to a very
special member of our group on Saturday, February 6, 2021.
Paula Riff was a beautiful light and lover of art. A true gift to all who knew her! She was an inventive artist, a generous teacher and a devoted mother to her daughter Cassidy.
As Paula transcends this earthly space to another adventure beyond,
I am certain that she and our beloved leader, the late Judy Sherrod, have found each other again and are preparing to paint the sky's as blue as we have ever seen! Cyanotype blue of course!
About the Artist
Paula Riff is a Los Angeles based artist known for creating one of a kind camera-less photographic works on paper that embrace bold colors, form and design. She combines the historical processes of cyanotype and gum bichromate allowing her a physical and intimate relationship with the materials that she uses to push the boundaries of the medium while considering themes of abstraction and the natural world.
Paula graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Japanese language and worked as an interpreter in Tokyo, Japan for several years. Returning to Los Angeles, she switched careers after interning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the photo department. Her work was selected as a Critical Mass Top 50 Award in 2019, the Top 50 Critical Mass Award of 2018 and was a 2018 finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women in the Alternative Process Category. Paula also received the Museum Purchase Award at the Medium Photo Festival in 2019. Her work appears in numerous museums, galleries, publications and exhibitions throughout the U.S and internationally and is also held in private collections.