Timeless Stanton Ranch

Timeless Stanton Ranch– 15×30″ oil on canvas–This part of Santa Cruz Island was ranch land for sheep at one time to fill the need for wool during the Civil War.  Later, cattle and wine grapes were cultivated. I painted the Stanton Ranch bunkhouse and the old chapel that sit on the site.  As an aside, I was fascinated to learn that when sheep escape and breed, they return to their wild form and start to grow horns.  As part of the ecological restoration, hunting tags were sold at one time for Island Big Horn Sheep.  Morning Light–Stanton Ranch Chapel–14×18″– oil on canvas

 

From Santa Cruz Island

 Evaporating Clouds– Forney’s Point — 18×24″ oil on canvas

I was incredibly fortunate to be invited as a member of the Oak Group to paint the Nature Conservancy Preserve on Santa Cruz Island.   The scenery is breathtaking out there and makes me feel like I’ve time-traveled and gone back to a simpler coastal  California before trains, freeways and development.  It is so peaceful to experience and I find it comforting knowing this organization is protecting pieces of wilderness like this from development.  Fifty percent of the proceeds from my Santa Cruz Islands paintings goes to the Nature Conservancy and their efforts.  Light Beneath the Clouds– Blue Banks Anchorage– 18×24″ oil on canvas

Sparkling Seas, Ellwood Coast

20×48″ oil on Canvas– I loved the patterns of sparkling lights that the sun was making on the glassy ocean the day I painted this commission of the Ellwood Coast.  The blue water was a nice foil for the reds and oranges in the winter iceplant hanging over the cliffs.

Illuminated Redwood Grove

20×48″ oil on canvas– This view of the redwood grove above the old Mission Dam at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a commission for a wonderful artist and naturalist and her soon-to-be husband who are getting married here later this month.  I can’t think of a better place to tie the knot and I wish them a happy life together.

Telling Time by Sundial

22×28″ oil on canvas–  Lauren and I like to play a game at the beach we call “Rock Jenga.” We take turns stacking a rock at a time until someone makes the tower fall.   Often aesthetics  get the better of us and we leave an attractive precariously balanced rock stack standing, declare ourselves both winners, and start a new one nearby.

I am excited to be teaching a plein air painting workshop through SCAPE in April this year.  There are still spaces available if anyone is interested in signing up.