A new painting of a favorite place near my neighborhood--a creekside property just upstream from the recently-restored section of creek at Hendry's beach.
The national land preservation agency Trust for Public Land is working to raise the 4 million dollars necessary to purchase the property--which will then be turned over to the city of Santa Barbara to restore (the creek itself) and maintain for public use.
As part of this fundraising project, my colleagues in the Mesa Artists' Studio Tour and I have decided to feature paintings of the property in our show this November, and to donate half the proceeds of sales to the Trust for Public Land.
This is a wonderful place, as you can see. From the spot where I stood to paint it, I can smell the ocean and (sometimes) hear the surf--yet the view inland jumps right over the city. It's a wonderful example of the kinds of open space that are still there, thank goodness, to be protected.
So if you'd like to buy this painting, you'll contribute to several good causes at once; bringing art into your life, supporting me in the making of it, restoring creek habitat, and preserving open space for people to enjoy for all time to come.
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