In September of 1974 Tim J Leary started drawing classes at a community college in Central Florida, he also started working as
a visual merchandiser. These two events began Tim's art career. His work as a visual merchandiser spanned 28 years and three
states: Florida, Connecticut, and California.
In 1992 Tim and his husband moved to San Francisco. There he completed his formal education, studying spirituality and art.
Tim holds an M.A. in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names College and a Certificate in Art Therapy
from U.C. Berkeley Extension.
Tim started a teaching career in 2000 at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco.
There he taught classes in Drawing, Color and Design Theory, Creative Process, and Social Psychology.
In 2015 Tim and his husband moved to Palm Springs, CA, where he is painting and exploring the shapes, light, and colors of the desert.
Tim is currently a member of the Palm Springs Art Museum's Docent Council and Artists Council.
Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland, May-June 2012
The Muse Creative Center, Palm Springs, Open Studio, February 27, 2019
The Muse Creative Center, Palm Springs, Open Studio, December 12, 2018
The Burren in Abstraction, An Open Studio, Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland, June 2012
Summer Art Salon, Fogbelt Studio, San Francisco, June 2011
Summer Art Salon, Fogbelt Studio, San Francisco, June 2010
FIDM Staff and Faculty Art Show, FIDM San Francisco, June 2010
3rd Friday Art Opening at S.F. Supervisors' Office, San Francisco City Hall, May-August 2010
ARTSoupEncore, Bayshore Studios, San Francisco, January-April, 2010
Serenity Summer '09, UCSF Women's Health, San Francisco, July-October, 2009
ARTSoup19, Bayshore Studios, San Francisco, March-June, 2009
Art Waves Gallery Feature Wall, San Francisco, August 2006
Pacifica Library, December 2005
Art Waves Gallery Feature Wall, San Francisco, September 2005
Art Waves Gallery, San Francisco, 2005 - 2007
NHCU VA Medical Center Mural, San Francisco, 2004
Art of Art Therapists, UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, September 2002
Art of Art Therapists, UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, September 2000
iTheo.com, Artist Portfolio, 1998
Sweet Inspiration, Fillmore Street, San Francisco, Spring 1998
City Art, San Francisco, Summer 1997
VA Mural Project: A collaborative project with FIDM and Nursing Home Unit at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco. A mural for the
Nursing Home Unit was created over several months by students and staff from FIDM and residents of the Nursing Home. The mural was completed
and dedicated in 2003.
Tribal Mask Windows: Curated Window Presentations of with Nancy Bane-Cresta (Visual Communications Department Coordinator, FIDM) as part of a FIDM
campus wide "Salute to Global Culture," April 2002
Mask-Making Workshop: developed and led with Dawn-Marie Forsyth (Fashion Design Department Coordinator, FIDM) as part of campus wide
"Salute to Global Culture," May 2002
"Continuing the Release of Your Creativity": a Creative Arts Workshop for graduating students at FIDM: developed and led with Dawn-Marie Forsyth
(Fashion Design Department Coordinator), March 2002
Sexuality & Spirituality Workshops: Holy Names College, Oakland, CA, 1994 & 1996
"Art Therapy in Education": Faculty Roundtable, FIDM, Fall 2001
"Honoring Sexual Diversity: A Call to Deep Ecumenism" (Presentation of Master's Thesis): Dignity/USA, National Convention, 1995
"Spirituality in the Gay Movement": First Unitarian Church, Berkeley, CA, 1993
"Is Same-Sex Love a Gift From God?: What I Told My Father" White Crane Journal, Summer 2004
"The Sexual Complex" White Crane Journal, Fall 2001
"A Drop in the Ocean" White Crane Journal, Fall 1998
"Who Are the Third Sex in The Twentieth Century?" White Crane Journal, Winter 1998
"A Step Toward Equality" Creation Spirituality Network Magazine, Fall 1996