I hope you can join us for our opening next weekend!
THE OAK GROUP—ICONS OF PRESERVATION
JUNE 29 – AUGUST 25, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY JUNE 29 | 4- 6pm
SANTA BARBARA, CA – Sullivan Goss is pleased to present its second exhibition of Santa Barbara’s storied OAK GROUP. Gallery owner Nathan Vonk is curating the exhibition.
The OAK GROUP was conceived in 1986 by local icon Ray Strong, as well as founding members Michael Drury and Arturo Tello. The OAK GROUP is respected as one of the country’s first groups to use landscape painting as a means to promote conservationist causes. For over thirty years, this dedicated group of artists has been committed to preserving local lands for wildlife, recreation, ranching, and/or farming. They record the beauty of these endangered landscapes to educate the public about their beauty and fragility and then donate a substantial portion of the proceeds from sales to groups that buy the land to keep it from being built up. A portion of the proceeds of sales from this exhibition will go to The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County’s Gaviota Creek Restoration Project.
15×30″ oil on linen– This is the view looking at Garrapata State Park from the north… I love the way the sheer landscape meets the blue living ocean. Let’s think good thoughts for all of the whales who are swimming through these waters and heading towards Alaska right now– its been a rough season for the grey whales in California.
18×36″ oil on linen– Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Can you spot the mom and baby seal who were swimming around like real-life mermaids in China Cove last week? Point Lobos is such an ideal landscape I felt like I was plein air painting in Neverneverland– the windblown pines, the turquoise inlets, the colorful plants clinging to the rocky cliffs… I love it.
15×30″ oil on linen– I hiked my easel out to the cliffs for a particularly beautiful afternoon last weekend… The backlit mustard glowed an electric yellow and the softest marine layer was rolling in from offshore playing lovely tricks with the light. Come out to the Bacara this Friday from 2-8pm for and Saturday 10-5pm for SCAPE’s “Visions of the Gaviota Coast” show which benefits the Gaviota Coastal Conservancy! Opening Receptions is Friday from 5-8 pm.
Here’s the last batch of small 6×8″ oil paintings from our desert travels… The top one is part of the hike known as “the Maze” and the second is from the top of a tall boulder near White Tank. Painters are lucky– it feels like magic to mix just the right shade of peachy-tan mud and then to lay it on a panel where it becomes sunlight on granite.
When I laid out all my paintings after our trip, Lauren said with a smile, “I think you like the rocks.” Sure I could have painted the Joshua Trees themselves or closeups of the flowers or the cool Cholla skeletons like the one I use for scale in the photos– but yeah, I love rocks. When you camp in a boulder jumble like White Tank, you can watch the sunrise several times a morning by starting on the highest boulders then working your way down to the canyons…