Friendship Paddle Huddle

This painting was done from memory of the start of the Friendship Paddle this year. Under a stunning sunrise a fun, generous, adventurous community of people were getting ready to relay on paddle boards from Santa Cruz Island to the SB Harbor, as they have done for several years in support of community members in need. This year the paddle was my friend the artist Chris Potter and his family… he has been battling a rare and aggressive form of lung cancer this year with the positive attitude of a champion. This painting is a gift for Chris and his family to remember the special day and John Birchim built and gifted the Monterey Cypress frame for it mindfully and skillfully crafted with reclaimed wood.