I was inspired to paint this charming building with a concern that one day it may be demolished. It’s a unique landmark of Goleta’s past and an elegant representation of the Spanish colonial revival architecture that makes Santa Barbara so recognizable. I’m happy to report that this little gem (circa 1929) is now protected!
Another one of my renditions of this lovely mission. On the other side of the street from it, there’s a park that also offers over a thousand different varieties of well-tended roses and even an ocean view.
Another one of my renditions of this lovely Mission of Santa Barbara. On the other side of the street from it, there’s a huge park that also offers over a thousand different varieties of well-tended roses, and the bubbling fountain in the foreground.
Standing on the beach behind my easel, I chose this scene before me. I wanted to make the foreground just as important and interesting as everything else. I give it a fluid movement from the top to the bottom.
A perfect example of Mediterranean architecture. It’s also a place of many fond memories for me – watching flamenco dancers on stage during Fiesta, numerous concerts, art shows and weddings. I sat in the sunken garden there and took photos and made several sketches to take back to my studio.
Adoring Mediterranean architecture, I couldn’t resist painting my dream garden entrance. It is actually a celebrity’s home in Montecito and I asked him permission first and he was flattered and honored. I gave him a nice print of it.
Sitting at the top of “TV” hill in Santa Barbara I captured this shot on this warm summer day. I used artistic license and left out the traffic lights and freeway which gives it a look of how it must have looked 100 years ago.