Light dances in the deep red wine and sparkling off the glasses. The highly detail painting of a wine tasting of Tobin James is so realistic, one can almost smell the delicious … [Read more...]
Tucked away in the town of Santa Barbara, California is this little oasis called Alice Keck Park Park. Known for its beautiful water lilies and lush landscaping, this gem of a … [Read more...]
Peaceful and serene, this sunset over still lagoon waters in Belize features a thatch roofed palapa with wooden chairs. The mangrove trees line the shore as a white heron perches … [Read more...]
A painted horse and black beauty stop along a California creek for a drink of refreshing water. This highly detailed realistic painting in created in oil on birch board. Price … [Read more...]
Crisp and serene, the river sounds babble and the Autumn leaves gently fall into the slow drifting water. Hints of campfire smoke drift in the cool air and leaves crunch as a deer … [Read more...]
Evening sun streams across this iconic Big Sur scene of McWay Falls. The only waterfalls to land directly into the Pacific Ocean in the USA, this pristine beach is a hidden gem … [Read more...]
This delightful tribute to the innocence and wonder of childhood, portrays a little girl heading to the sea with a little blue pail to get water for her sand castle. Getting lost … [Read more...]
Evening sun creates a warm glow on Aliso Creek Beach in South Laguna. This crashing Pacific Ocean wave tumbles onto the mossy rocks, as foam swirls and recedes. The translucent … [Read more...]
Late sun casts a warm glow on the rocky bluffs of Pearl Street Beach and Keyhole Arch in Laguna Beach, CA. High tide nearly obscures the arch, as waves crash onto the sand. Light … [Read more...]
I have been a professional artist for 21 years, creating murals and paintings for businesses and homes from California to Costa Rica and many places in between. There is great joy in the entire process, from conception to the finished painting. The thrill of the hunt for a great scene is exciting. Travel fuels my creative passion, as I explore this amazing and diverse world. Fortunately, there is never a shortage of beauty and inspiration to be discovered just around the next bend in the road.
Mainly, I paint with oils on canvas using a rich, vibrant color palette in a realistic style. Recently, I was able to spend almost six months in gorgeous Belize and ten months in Costa Rica. The lush tropical scenery has become the expressions of my latest body of work. The dynamic coast of California, where I live now near Laguna Beach, has also been a favorite subject matter for paintings. Water in all its forms, from the calm aqua Caribbean, the crashing cobalt blue Pacific, to tumbling rivers of every size, there is a mesmerizing quality it holds that I never get tired of painting.
Beyond the self-expression of creating, I derive great joy in sharing a moment in time with others. It is very satisfying to connect with someone who relates to the feeling I tried to portray in my painting. Each work is a visual diary of my life, like little shell treasures picked up on a favorite beach to remember a moment of joy.
Currently, there is a trend of choosing a painting simply to match the furniture. Decorator Art is cranked out and shipped to every chain store. It feels like many have lost sight of the amazing feeling of selecting a painting that speaks to their heart. Making a statement about who you are, what your secret inner self has to say, can have an impact. Art can lift the mood and create calm. There is so much ugliness in the media, angry songs full of despair and hate, news of death and sorrow. I desire to counteract that with focusing on the beauty of life. We all have a choice as to what we fill our minds and heart with. If we aspire to live in awe and wonder, happiness will follow. It is my deepest wish that my paintings could help others have a positive outlook as I do.