Santa Barbara's architecture is a big part of its charm--we're lucky to have Jeff Shelton designing and building here, and brother David Shelton's fantastic ironwork embellishing their wonderful, quirky
At the mouth of Mission Creek, just downshore from Stearn's Wharf. A beautiful, peaceful spot early in the morning; painting en plein air with background sounds of waves, birds, and the before-school kids at the skateboard park.
This is one of two of my paintings that have been chosen to be part of this year's "Art and Agriculture" show at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Last year's show was excellent and I'm so pleased to have my work chosen again! The California Art Club "Quintessential California" show is still up, through October, an excellent show..."Art and Agriculture" runs from November 8th through January 25th --
I'm happy when I'm outdoors. I grew up in Southern California in a camping, geologizing, ocean-loving family; spent time in my early adulthood on the beaches around Santa Barbara, living in tents at craft fairs, gardening, backpacking, mountain biking. Many things came into focus for me when I discovered plein air painting, my best way of being outdoors. Painting encompasses all of my interess, experiences, loves; the gorgeous smells of dirt, my dad's minerals, tree-climbing, the quiet before birdsong starts, the support of my family, the goodness of food, sun, moving water. I strive to make my paintings convey some of the joy, excitement, and peace that I experience in the making of them. I welcome questions and comments; you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org