Oam Studios Art Academy of Tracy, our second location, was founded in 2019 a few months before Covid would alter all our realities. After barely struggling through that tragedy, we are proud to see that our Tracy art school has bounced back.
The Tracy Art Studio was dedicated to Master Phil Tiger who mentored Omar Morineau as he was establishing himself as an artist. Master Phil Tiger attended the prestigious Pasadena Art Center during his college years and eventually made a large impact on the San Jose art scene thereafter. Sadly though, Master Tiger succumbed to alcoholism and Homelessness.
It was during this blue period that Master Omar met Master Phil Tiger and welcomed him into his art studio. Master Phil Tiger relentlessly criticized Master Omar’s artistic approaches and philosophy, tempering him into a more disciplined and thoughtful artist. It was Master Tiger that first brought the idea of opening art schools for children to master Omar’s attention.