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Paula Bellacera grew up in Northern California surrounded by her mother’s art projects. Her first love was photography, which she put aside for her college and graduate studies in biology, psychology, and animal behavior.
After completing a Ph.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans, she received art training at various California colleges and universities and her interests expanded to include drawing, painting, and sculpting.
Today Ms. Bellacera is a full-time artist. Her primary medium is clay. She explains, “The spontaneity of clay makes hand building a process of discovery — full of surprises. My approach is a collaboration where the clay and I work together to discover hidden shapes and reveal emotions and personalities through animal forms.”
Since the 1990s Paula’s art has been displayed in over fifty solo and group shows. She has won several awards and has been published in exhibition catalogs, books, and magazines. She has received public art grants and been commissioned to create collections of work and her pieces are included in dozens of private and public collections.