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Awaiting Pineapple Express, 1, oil on canvas, 30 x 30″, December 2014

These two new paintings will be in a Gualala Art Center Exhibit, An Artistic Celebration of Redwood Coast Land Conservancy’s Public Access, opening reception 5 pm January 9, closing February 1.

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Awaiting Pineapple Express, 2, oil on canvas, 11 x 14″, December 2014

I painted, leaning into the wind, anchoring my easel with my body, at the Gualala Bluff Trail as the “Pineapple Express” storms approached, December 8-10. The paintings were inspired by the darkening sky and waters and the agitation of wind and ocean waves bridging the sand bars into the river, changing the river from lagoon to winter estuary, echoed by flocks of sea gulls also rising and shifting in big swells. I am so grateful for the people who dedicate themselves to saving wild places! And grateful that I have the privilege of accessing some of them and through my art discovering what inside of me comes through to meet them.