Campus Point Reflections

11×14″ oil on panel

I usually don’t like to include the oil platforms when I paint this coastline, preferring a clear horizon and the idea that we won’t always be relying on fossil fuels. Platform Holly here is abandoned and rusty these days and will be removed in the coming years. There is some beauty and history in this rusty ghost ship. It would be nice if Venoco was cleaning up their toys after profiting off of them for all this time, but they have strategically declared bankruptcy so that the California tax payers will foot the bill.

I drive a car. I love the freedom of being able to get around to so many amazing places. At the same time I understand that slowing climate change requires us to stop combusting fossil fuels as soon as possible. It is a difficult time to navigate when to sacrifice the conveniences of modern life and the adventure of traveling to see beautiful spots on this lovely earth while at the same time making sure the ecosystem on this planet is balanced and livable for our kids and grandkids and for theirs… There are a lot of positive changes in our awareness as a culture happening and simultaneously a lot of old fossil fools in business and government staying strategically blind. I’m sure many of you feel the same inner and outer conflicts as well. Life is beautiful and the greatest joys are simple— here’s to all of us moving in the right direction.