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Crown of Thorns

30" x 24"

Oil on canvas

$1,975 Available

   The oak trees that burned showed signs of recovery as new growth emerged from its branch terminus areas.  The new growth reminded me of miniature lightening bolts.  Many of the oaks in the oak woodland survived the fire due to their natural fire protective nature. 

 

  Path to Sun

                                   18" x 24"

                                Oil on canvas

$1,425 Available

This is a hiking path through what once were lemonade berry bushes that flanked the path.  Lupine and sages are re-emerging and the lemonade berry bushes are slowly recovering as new sprouts emerge from its root stock.

 

Lift Off

30" x 15"

Oil on canvas

Private Collection

This cactus skin in actively lifting off the surface, revealing a tender yellow flesh underneath.  Fresh green cactus frames this pear as it slowly heals.

                        

 Detour

24" x 36"

Oil on canvas  

Available $1,825     

The fire was driven by Santa Ana winds that reached speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.  The fire was so powerful that it crossed the toll road which stretched six lanes across.  Cars were forced to turn around in the median, unable to travel through the heat of the fire. 

                                           

                           

              Habitat Restoration (Do Not Enter)

                          40" x 30"

                       Oil on canvas

                     Available $1,625

The cactus pictured here will not recover, but other plants surrounding the cactus are beginning to emerge and live cactus in the background hold a promise for recovery.

 

 

                    Stand of Lemonadeberry

                             24" x 36"

                          Oil on canvas

                                Sold

 

Woodland Stream

16" x 20"

Oil on canvas

Available $525 unframed

 

Jump

27" x 27"

Pastel on suede

Private Collection

                                                       

Three Arches

11" x 14"

Oil on board

Sold

                             

Laguna Canyon

12" x 12"

Oil on canvas

Available $625

 

                       

Central Coast Cottonwoods

  10" x 14"

Pastel on suede

Available $475

 

         

Portrait of Maya

10" x 10"

Pastel on Suede

Sold

 

Ali Cat

24" x 18"

Oil on canvas

Private Collection

 

The Fall

36" x 31"

Pastel on suede

Available $2,100

 

Power Surge

14" x 14"

Pastel on suede

Available $725

 

Figure in White

16" x 11"

Oil on canvas

Private Collection

 


 

Mission Pony

12" x 10"

Pastel on Suede

Available unframed $325

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Shadow Cactus

18" x 24"

 Oil on canvas

Sold

These oil paintings explore how the native flora of the Southern California chaparral community recovered from the 2007 Santiago fire.  No one was hurt and approximately 30,000 acres burned.  The public was denied access into Whiting Regional Wilderness for a year while the area began to heal from the fire.  These paintings represent the chaparral's recovery and re-birth following adversity.

The cactuses were some of the most visually interesting chaparral plants to watch recover after the fire.  Either they were scorched black and therefore dead, or they were scorched white and able to shed their skin and slowly regenerate after the fire.  Here you see the cactus producing flowers and new pups from its damaged flesh.

Prickly Pear

19" x 16"

Oil on canvas

Private Collection

A tiny new cactus emerges from the ashes.

 

   Emergence

     24" x 18" 

     Oil on canvas

Sold

This prickly pear creates new cactus pups and flowers from its super-heated skin.

 

Scorched

16" x 20"

Oil on canvas

Available $825

This cactus is shedding its scorched skin and revealing new tender skin growing underneath. Green healthy cactus pads grow in the background.

 

 Night Flight

24" x 36"

Oil on canvas

  Available $1,625

The fire passed through this area at 10:30 p.m. and birds were forced from their nesting places.  Many of the birds perished and fell to the ground that night as the fire roared through the trees.

 

Emerging Buckwheat

                                   20" x 30"

                               Oil on canvas

                                    Sold

This painting shows young California buckwheat bushes sprouting and flowering one year after the fire.  A charred branch from a lemonade berry bush lies in the foreground in the sand.

 

Two Springs Following Fire

24" x 36"

Oil on canvas

Private Collection

 

California Carpenteria

11" x 14"

Oil on board

Sold

This is a portrait of one of the rarest and most beautiful California native plants.

 

San Juan Station

14" x 11"

Oil on board

Sold

 

Woodland Painter

14" x 14"

Oil on canvas

Available $700

 

Canyon Sycamore

8" x 8"

Pastel on suede

Available $425 Mission Fine Art Gallery, San Juan Capistrano, California

 

Guardian

8" x 10"

Oil on board

Available $425

 

Sadhu with Cross

24" x 18"

Pastel on paper

Available unframed $475

 

Douglas Iris

11" x 9"

Oil on canvas

Available $425

The Iris symbolizes forgiveness. 

 

Woman with Cat

20" x 16"

Oil on canvas

Available $1,125

 

Study After Mabel Alvarez Portrait

24" x 18"

oil on canvas

Private Collection

 Mabel Alvarez is the master shown above.  I made a master copy of her self-portrait because I was attracted to the beauty and power of the image.