DARLEEN ORTLIEB, BIO/STATEMENT
Darleen Ortlieb was born in N.J. and received her Art Degree from Cazenovia College in New York. She taught High School Art and received commissions from Local Schools, Hospitals and County Offices for her Artwork and Murals. After relocating to CA, Darleen was appointed to the Los Alamitos Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission where she served for 16 years. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County West End Theatre, the Orange County Consortium of the Arts, the Los Alamitos/Cypress Community Art League and the Los Alamitos Photography Club. She also taught Art Classes for the Los Alamitos Recreation Center.
After retiring from her position as an Administrative Director at Long Beach Memorial Miller Children's Hospital, Darleen redirected her time to her artwork. She and her husband became Lake Arrowhead residents in 1991. At that time Darleen became involved with the local wildlife and obtained her Wildlife Rehabilitation Certification from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council in l997. As a Wildlife Rehabilitator and a Wildlife Educator for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, she is inspired by the wildlife she works with. She has focused her art on wildlife and soon found the perfect canvas, a combination of nature and art. Darleen carves, pyroengraves and paints her artwork on California hard shell Gourds. Her artwork and wildlife photography can be found in Festivals, Galleries and Shops in the Lake Arrowhead area and at the Calico Ghost Town.