George M Wahab MD

pasteldocHaving completed a fulfilling career in Medicine, George has been able to realize a lifelong dream of becoming a full time artist. His art experience and education progressed through the years. It began in French Canada in the early seventies and continued in San Diego with 15 years of studies under Ken Goldman, Sebastian Capella and Glenn Vilppu. George exhibited in major cities of the USA and received several awards. He assumed a leadership position in major art organizations including; President of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild, A Trustee of the San Diego Museum of Art, President of the San Diego Portrait Society, Treasurer of the La Jolla Art Association and President of the Market Street Group.

I believe that my focus on figurative compositions and portraiture is the result of my many years of dealing with people in my medical practice. I learned to observe and understand people in their personality, mood shift and in feeling the essence of their spirit. My focus has given me the opportunity to express all of those in form and color.

I prefer to work with pastel because its versatility allows me to capture a better likeness. For me, it retains its freshness throughout the process. Also it can be one of the most permanent of media, considering that one deals with the pure pigment. When I feel that an artwork requires oil paint, I work in a somewhat different manner, but with the same pleasure.

These years of exercising my talent have been some of my most enjoyable and rewarding.



Physician, medical education in Cairo, Egypt. Post graduate studies in Anesthesiology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Montreal, (1969-1977) and at UCSD in San Diego (1978-1993). Retired from medicine to become a full time artist in 1996. Currently, main medium and focus is pastel figurative composition and portraiture.

Art Education:

• Studied drawing with Pierre Gendron- Canada, 1976
• Studied watercolor with Robert Landry- San Diego, CA 1995-1996
• Studied figurative drawing, portraits in pastel under Ken Goldman-La Jolla, 1986-1998
• Classical figure drawing and composition with Glenn Vilppu- San Diego, CA 1997
• Studied color with Sebastian Capella 1997-1998


• President of the San Diego Portrait Society 1998-2002
• Treasurer La Jolla Art Association 1990-1992
• President of the San Diego Museum of Art, Artist Guild 2002-2004
• A Trustee of the San Diego Museum of Art 2002-2004
• President of Market Street Group


• American Society of Anesthesiology Art Exhibit, 1992-1994, 1997-1999-2000-2001
• San Diego Portrait Society, 1995-1998-99-2000-2001-2002-2003-2004
• Multi-ethnic Fine Arts Exhibit, El Cajon, 1995
• Del Mar Fair Art Show, Southern California Exhibition; 1994-1997
• City Fest Art Show of San Diego, 1997


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