Born November 18, 1939 into a family of artists and writers, my gift for painting was passed on to me. I have received no formal education in art. As long as I can remember, painting and drawing have been my love.
After a 22-year hiatus from painting, while I raised my son and daughter, I returned with passion to my paints and canvas. My husband of 34 years, Richard, and I moved to the country in the beautiful Ojai Valley in California. Here we share a studio and a loving peaceful life. It is from this inspiring place that I painted two paintings - one of the famous potter and sculptor, Beatrice Wood at age 100, and feminist, Betty Friedan - which were purchased by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and are in their permanent collection.
Photo of Alice by: Sally Carliss
MARQUIS WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN ART
Selected for this biographical hardcover directory of noteworthy individuals in the visual arts community in the United States. They are the preeminent publisher of biographical information since 1899.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR CREATIVE AGING - 2012
Selected as one of 10 "Beautiful Minds" in national campaign that celebrates individuals 55 and older who are keeping their minds beautiful.
TWO BOOK AWARDS - 2010 - THE ART OF AGING: CELEBRATING THE AUTHENTIC AGING SELF
Independent Publisher Book Award - (Bronze IPPY) - Nautilus Award (Silver Medal)
BOOK - THE ART OF AGING: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self – Art/Inspirational book Published June 2009, Sentient Publications. Artwork and written material by Alice and Richard Matzkin.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION - THE STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE - July 2006 – indefinite, portrait of Betty Friedan hanging in this permanent exhibition.
INTERNATIONAL GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, AMERICAN WOMEN - 2002 – The painting of Beatrice Wood at 100 is among 70 paintings of famous women from Pochantas to Jacqueline Kennedy. This exhibition travelled for one year to Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina - Naples Museum of Art, Naples Florida - George Bush Presidential Library - College Station Texas.
OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - May 2001 - featured a discussion by Alice talking about getting older with acceptance and grace. There is focus upon the collection of paintings and interviews from the 'WOMEN OF AGE, Portraits in Wisdom, Beauty & Strength" exhibit. This appeared in the "Remembering Your Spirit" segment of the show. Watch the video.
MS MAGAZINE - October/November 2000 - The full collection of paintings from NAKED TRUTH were featured.
CONGRESSIONAL CLUB, WASHINGTON, D.C. - 1997 - Alice was commissioned to paint a portrait of Chelsea Clinton, which was presented to Mrs. Clinton at a charity luncheon, and hung in the private quarters of the White House during the Clinton administration.
OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS – Member since 1994.
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