Meet the Artists
My Passion for Professional Still Imagery & Fine Art:
As a Freshman in high school Aaron was filling up two to three rolls of 35mm films per-week. The Riekes Center (a non-profit organization in Menlo Park, geared to helping people achieve their goals) made it possible for Aaron to perfect his numbers & exposures which spurred his true passion for the fine arts.
While finishing High School in 2007, Aaron was already active in the business of photography and would soon become a professional in the field. In 2012 Aaron taught his first Digital Darkroom Photography class to underprivileged High School students in the Bay Area.
After graduating from the Art Institute of California in 2015, Aaron witnessed first hand how most students attending underprivileged schools needed more resources and mentors who were passionate about the field of Fine Arts. So, Aaron took on the task to build new innovative ways to best serve the community through the arts by extending digital photography classes to these students.
In 2015 to 2020 Aaron became the Visual Arts Director at the Riekes Center. In this role, Aaron was able to provide new photography equipment to students, and develop a curriculum for photography techniques and digital data organization.
In addition to Aaron’s role as a Visual Arts/Communication Arts & Financial Aid Director, Aaron worked as a professional Freelance Photographer in the Bay Area with a tremendous amount of work, which led to meeting key community stakeholders within the Silicon Valley.
Aaron’s Photography has been the contributing photographer for the Atherton Living, Los Altos Hills and Mountain Home private magazines since June 2021 and current.
Aaron has now successfully shown his first Art Gallery showing in 2022 at Mirada Art Gallery on Main Street, Half Moon Bay.
During the months of September through December, Aaron will be showcasing a series of Ancient tree series (4,850 year old pine trees) at Ocean Blue the Vault Art Gallery on Main Street, Half Moon Bay.
– Aaron believes that these ancient trees have genetic information that can help us understand our climates within the planet. These series of photographs will hold history, resistance, adaptation and growth.
Aaron Alvarez Mendoza
Audrey Tulimiero Welch, (b.Livingston,New Jersey) is an internationally exhibited painter who resides in Half Moon Bay, CA. Welch constructs process-based abstract paintings that speak to our need to make authentic connections. Rooted in her Sicilian immigrant culture and impacted by living fifteen years overseas, her layered paintings map personal history, and inter-relational dynamics of family and culture.
Welch received her BFA from the University of Delaware, and MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Bangkok, Indonesia, Germany, Singapore and Australia. Her paintings are included in numerous prestigious public and private collections as well as several Museum exhibitions. Publications include Square Cylinder, Fine Art Magazine, Architectural Digest, New American Paintings, San Francisco Chronicle. Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco, Russo Lee Gallery, Portland and Robischon Gallery, Denver represent her work.
Betty Wick considers her life of art to be a series of personal expression that evolves visual imagery, created from all sectors of invention. She relies without question towards imagination in aspects of reality. It is a progression seen in her work time and time again and offers her the freedom she needs to create an honest representation of how she views life around her. She has displayed her work in national and international galleries, and been preserved by private collectors from around the world. She has created work for Warner Bros., Ford Motor Corp. and Jonny Cat. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. She has created wine labels for Emercy and Dilecta Wines, in Paso Robles, Ca. Betty resides on the Central Coast of California.
Casey is a lifelong, Half Moon Bay local. She created Layers Of Intention during the beginning of her Master’s degree program in Mind-Body Medicine nearly three years ago as a grounding tool, through the creation of jewelry and her Reiki practice. Now as she enters her Ph.D. program in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, she still finds comfort in creating pieces of jewelry that are layered with intention through the metaphysical properties of crystals.
David Ebner has designed and created memorable art for Television and Cinema since he was 18 years of age. Listed by Wired Magazine as one of Hollywood’s most creative individuals, Ebner has contributed to over 70 feature films and has worked with notable auteurs such as Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Stephen Sommers, Francis Ford Coppola, Taylor Hackford, David Fincher, John Woo, Frank Darabont, among others.
While only 22 years of age, Dateline NBC and Entertainment Tonight, the two leading cable programs were branded with title graphics created by Ebner and his team. On top of that, Ebner oversaw the graphics for HBO, Nat Geo Channel, ESPN, Skybox, among others, winning BDA and Promaxx awards.
Ebner joined Guillermo Del Toro for Hellboy, then as a producer and production partner for Pan’s Labyrinth, in which his team created the visual effects, winning over 100 film festival awards and won the best in show at SigGraph’s Electronic Theater, representing the very best in Visual Effects work that year.
As the Creative Director and Senior VFX Supervisor of Cafefx, his team created the films for Universal Studio’s “Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” It is still considered the most successful theme park addition, with an immediate boost of 1 million annual attendees to the park.
Due to Ebner’s talents in art direction, Ebner was invited to direct a stage show, “Long Gone Dinosaurs” which has been visited by over 4 million people.
Ebner’s watercolor, pencil and acrylic paintings reflect the emotion, passion, and feelings which percolate in his creative mind, drawing upon nature and imaginative inspirations as well as fascination by the works of Winslow Homer, Franz Marc, Claude Lorrain, Georgia O’Keefe, and master watercolor artist John Ebner.
Just as he has for many film directors, Ebner often reaches within for new possibilities and exploration to delight people, often the case with groundbreaking visuals that have never been seen before.
About the Paintings:
All of my paints and substrates are of the finest quality to ensure the richness of colors last.
Before a Fine Art Print can be made, a very meticulous process takes place to reproduce the original accurately. I use one of two techniques for image capture, and that is I tile together sectional scans which only use the sweet spot of a large format flatbed scanner. The scans are carefully aligned and assembled together using specialized software and care. Otherwise, I photograph the original on a canon 50 megapixel image sensor without any filtering applied by the camera’s logic chip. The photograph is taken multiple times with different lighting so that a blended image can be made which gives the most accurate result of how the light reflects off the paper given that the paper has surface depth.
Using my calibrated computer system, I color balance the scan and print test strips until the printed results are an exact match. A spectro-photometer is used to ensure accuracy.
All my prints are created using the best inks available. The fine art papers are ph neutral, acid free, lignin free, archival grade papers which are the same top brand papers used by museums.
Plexiglass is only used on the mini 9×9 and 10×8 frames. Otherwise, all my frames are glazed with real glass and TruVue UV glass is available upon special request.
The frames are black wood with white mattes, typically the matte’s width is between 2 to 4 inches all the way around, depending upon the total size of the framed art.
My Canvas and Metal prints are of the highest quality available. I’ve personally visited many print labs across the United States before finding partners who put the time and care into each piece as I do.
David Ebner Art Studios is the only publisher of authentic David Ebner wall art. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity for safeguarding. We do not license any images to any other parties for sale, so if you come across something suspicious, please let us know.
Custom size prints, and custom framing is available. Just email and we’ll contact you with a quote.
There are no returns on orders. If you are unsure about how a print looks or how the framing will turn out, we could take a series of photographs and email you before your piece is shipped. If a package is damaged during shipping, we will send an RMA and we will reship a replacement.
Eleven years ago we moved to Half Moon Bay. I love this beautiful place where green fields end at the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. We made our home in an old train station. One day Coastside Land Trust brought a herd of goats and sheep to graze the coastal meadows. I owe those animals a debt of gratitude; their connection to the land, sea, and air shifted something in me. After years of putting my creativity last, I moved it to the front of my to-do list. I draw, paint and weave – finding inspiration from and incorporating elements of the natural world into the things I make. Often working in collaboration with my husband Steve we find delight in the creatures and elements in our garden and beyond.
Currently I am using natural bases, such as driftwood and pine for my whimsical scenes. My artwork continues to be spontaneous and inspired by nature, the season and holidays. Fall is a particularly fun and inspirational time of year for me, so you will notice many Halloween, pumpkin and Fall scenes. In addition you will see owls, a parrot and a blue bird on a branch.
I studied studio art and art education at Hampshire College and, since graduating in 2015 I’ve spent my time teaching children and creating art in various forms. I became interested in stained glass after finding my father’s old glass and tools in the garage during the pandemic. When I was younger, I had watched him cut glass, and he had shown me how to hold it without cutting myself. I thought it would be fun to try it out and taught myself how to make small sun catchers to hang in windows. As my nostalgic experiment grew into a passion, I began creating full stained glass windows and working at Aanraku Glass Studios in San Mateo. In 2021 I was the recipient of Made on the Coast’s Emerging Artist Grant which further pushed me towards continuing my art career.
Nature has been a continuous theme in my everyday life and continues to come forth in my artwork. I have spent my whole life exploring the coastal beaches and forests along the peninsula and the inspiration I find here is present in many of my pieces. Often on my hikes and bike rides I will stop and take pictures of the plants, animals and landscape to incorporate into my artwork later. As I gain more knowledge and skills as a stained glass artist, I hope to incorporate my other artistic skills such as drawing and painting into my glass work.
As a self-taught artist with no formal training or education, I am always exploring new mediums and creative ways to reflect the beauty and tranquility of my home in Half Moon Bay, California. I am inspired by the calm, but also powerful emotions of the ocean.
Creating art is self-care for me and allows me to nurture my soul. When I am not painting, I am spending time with my family and my beloved dog Lola (who has become the best art and work assistant ever!) or you can find me volunteering with animals.
In addition to creating art, I work full-time with a local Energy Efficiency consulting firm – Resource Innovations. I am married with an 18-year-old son and our family has lived in this beautiful coastal town for 20+ years.
You may notice that many of my abstract pieces are unnamed. I feel the buyer should have the honor of naming the pieces they select. This allows a deeper personal connection to my art.
I am so honored to be included in the Vault’s collective with so many talented artists. I hope my art evokes the ocean in your heart no matter where you are.
For Jo Fry, history is always bleeding into the present, affecting the way she sees and experiences the world.
As a child she was always drawing – friends, the horses that lived down the street. As a 16-year-old she studied history and design at the University of London, then earned a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Interior Design from San Jose State, while taking oil painting commissions to earn extra money.
As an adult, she focused on a career in retail, and on being a single mom to two children after the death of her husband. She became a school volunteer and taught Art in Action for El Granada Elementary. Although retail allowed her to do copywriting, product, and industrial design, it was a far cry from the creative world of her youth.
Now she is re-emerging – her love of beachcombing re-igniting her creative spirit. Inspired by a deep respect for the sea and its inhabitants, and the beauty of our coastline, Jo calls herself a Sea Glass Artist, and incorporates sea glass and finds into her paintings and wearable art. Her unique and original mixed media work is featured on the websites of Silicon Valley Open Studios and Red Bluff Art Gallery. She has been awarded a solo public art exhibit by Redwood City for July-August 2023.
Jo is a member of the Community of Coastside Artists and has shown work at many prestigious California Art and Sea Glass events. She is a volunteer archivist and docent for the Half Moon Bay History Museum and authored articles on glass for the museum’s website; her unbounded passion for the subject bringing meaning to the medium of sea glass, through her art and its links with the history of our community.
Joni is a native of Half Moon Bay, and with so much natural beauty, I wanted to capture it in my watercolor art.
And since retiring, I’m able to devote more time, to what I love, painting.
Thank you for checking out my artwork at The Ocean Blue Vault.
Larry Salveson is a Software Developer in the San Mateo, CA area. He has enjoyed a lifelong passion for photography, which has evolved to include creating digital paintings. Larry’s images span a broad range of interests including people, abstracts, nature, and landscapes.
Custom sizes are available for most images. Contact me directly for signed prints that I make myself. Other prints can be ordered from my website.
I currently live on the beautiful coast, but I grew up in Pennsylvania where my love of art began as a child. I am a creative person who is inspired by nature and the world around me. A lot of things I see in nature show themselves as something else in my mind’s eye. A rock looks like a face, a piece of wood with a hole is an owl’s eye, a spikey tree nut on the ground is a hedgehog. I like to collect these items and use them in my nature inspired collages. I have been collecting bits and pieces from nature since I can remember. I incorporate these pieces of nature into mixed media collages that represent landscape scenery, people, animals or just about anything that is relevant in my life. My most recent work is a collage of an angel that represents a teenage girl who was taken from the Earth too soon. The flowers from her funeral are in her wings and dress, there is sheet music and cats and crystals, and nature, and so many things that she loved incorporated into the piece.
I love to teach art classes for my two kids and their friends and classmates. This enables me to share my love of creativity and hopefully inspire others to create along with me. I’m always being introduced to various forms of art and I love to experiment and see what transpires.
Recently, I have been included in the following themed juried exhibits:
San Francisco Women Artists Gallery- 647 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122
Mistlin Gallery, Central Ca Art Association- 1015 J Street Modesto CA 95354
SIY Gallery- 1026 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103
I moved to the US from Italy almost eight years ago. Being the daughter of a preeminent sculptor and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, I was mesmerized by my dad’s artistry. He taught me how to use colors to express my emotions. From a very young age, I started working on sketches, painting, and working with wet clay. My dad was my biggest supporter buying me crayons, brushes, and paint, while also having me assist him in small ways with the pieces he was working on.
Once I became an adult it was my dream to become a full-time artist, but since it wasn’t feasible for me to make a living at it, I went to University at the urging of my parents. I never stopped being an artist. 20 years ago, I started a jewelry line where I created all the pieces. Even though it was a success as a side business, I always missed painting and getting lost in the myriad of different color combinations. It was always my passion.
One silver lining of the 2020 pandemic was that I decided to go public with the Manuela F Creations brand. My husband and I own an Italian restaurant. New protocols regarding the limited usage of tablecloths allowed me to bring to fruition an idea that I had always had in the back of my mind, which was to make the tables unique by hand painting all twenty of them. This would allow us the ease we needed to keep our tables clean without the use of tablecloths. It was a daunting task! Once we started serving dinners again, I was pleasantly surprised by how many customers loved what I had done with the tables and were encouraging me to make pieces that they said they would buy. Since then I have been fulfilling orders for people who are loving this style of art.
It has meant the world to me to have the opportunity in this country to fulfill a life’s ambition that allows me to express who I really am.
My art is a combination of different techniques and mixed media all in one piece. I work with acrylic paint, alcohol ink, and epoxy resin. Each single piece is absolutely one of a kind and tells its unique story.
My biggest source of inspiration is definitely Mother Nature, I love to mimic the real stone patterns in my geodes, to reproduce the absolute beauty of the flowers in my paintings, and the natural color shift of the ocean in my areal vision of the sea.
Art is my therapy, my joy, my cure, it has always been all my life.
My ultimate goal is to spread happiness one artwork at a time.
The natural world has always been my safe place, a space for interpreting the complexities of life and a source of inspiration for finding creative solutions to its challenges. For me pottery is a deeply satisfying and natural extension of that entire process; the earth itself providing inspiration while being employed for utility and art.
I took pottery classes in college and fell in love with everything about the art form but pursued a professional career unrelated to the arts. Through the ensuing years I maintained a passion for ceramics, expanding my knowledge and skill in a very self-directed way rather than through formal training. The advantage has been that I have been able to explore applications of the medium that inspire me without artificial limits being set.
I have been active in the Half Moon Bay art community for the last few years and have shown and sold locally and in British Columbia. My work is wheel thrown and altered or slab built. I love the symmetry of wheel thrown objects, but find the organic forms achieved by altering and/or slab building to be more interesting. My surfaces are glazed using earth tones or unglazed and burnished. I also use slip trailing and colored underglaze as well as mono printing for decoration in my porcelain and white earthenware pieces.
It [ceramic art] is both difficult and easy, with an element beyond our control. It is both extremely fragile and durable. Like ‘Sumi’ ink painting, it does not lend itself to erasures and indecision.
A San Francisco native, Nancy entered the ceramic field as a kid playing – outside – in the freshly excavated clay hills of the San Francisco peninsula. Her work is fueled by a love of moving clay, emulating the patterns and colors of the sky and ocean and the curves and textures of the coastal hills.
She has delighted in teaching children and adults the joy of creating with this earthly medium. Another delight is making pieces specific to clients’ desires. As she creates those pieces, the clients are always back of mind which fosters a warm connection to the usefulness of the work.
Showing in mostly local galleries, Nancy also has participated in bay area craft fairs including Kings Mountain Art Fair and the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Made on the Coast Locals Block.
“We can feel secure and grounded by rekindling our awareness of Nature’s strength and beauty by using everyday items made of the earth itself.”
I was born & raised in the Bay Area & feel so blessed to be able to call The Coastside my home for the last 18 years. My love of this area and the ocean began on trips to Fitzgerald Preserve as a child and continued throughout my college years at UCSC. My practical scientific mind & love of animals led me to a degree in Biology and my first job as an educator at a nonprofit teaching science & natural history. The bonus for me were the animal educators I was privileged to work with. While I’ve had many jobs over the years, none of these exactly prepared me to become an artist.
My first real art class was an art history course in college that allowed me to explore the museums in San Francisco as well as learn about the masters. The opportunity to create my own art wouldn’t come until much later. Years later, I was able to participate in my children’s Art in Action lessons as a docent & the spark was rekindled. Creating examples of the lessons for the students forced me to confront my insecurities regarding creating art. It also allowed me to remind students as well as myself that everyone is an artist in their own way and the only person who needs to like your art is you.
When I began to contemplate a return to the outside workforce, the practical scientist in me began taking classes at my community college including a career exploration class. Now if I had only read those evaluation results a little more thoroughly…. I went back to my roots in science and was able to gain an acceptance into a Dietetic Program when the Universe threw me a curveball. After some health challenges forced a suspension of my carefully laid plans, the Universe nudged me again. A chance video in my YouTube feed introduced me to my current art form & life has been much messier & much fuller as a result.
During my exploration of this art form, my use of painting surfaces has expanded from river rocks to canvases, to jewelry. I’m currently delving into the recycling and upcycling of items that can be redesigned through my painting. I find myself drawn to everyday items such as wooden bowls and boxes that seem to cry out for a makeover. Oh, and that evaluation test result… the one that listed possible careers… the number one profession, ahead of all my scientific career choices…craft artist.
I was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. Growing up in Barcelona, I was always mesmerize by the art, architecture and culture of the city. Learning and studying from a young age art history and some of the artists that still influence my work today, like Picasso, Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, Degas, Monet, Salvador Dali…amongst others from that Era.
In my early twenties I moved to the United States landing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Almost two decades later, Art continues to be one of my biggest passions and to be able to paint every day. Today my paintings hang in public and private collections throughout Europe and California. My work is known for its movement , color palette, expression and emotion shown in it.
In the last 8 years, many pieces have been sold to local and international collectors and I won several finalists places in San Francisco, Barcelona and Italy. Several of my paintings have been featured at Silicon Valley art shows, as well as Barcelona Art Galleries in addition to several private exhibitions.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Tourism University of Barcelona. My early professional career was spent in consumer marketing at some of the best known companies in the world, including Virgin Airlines, GAP and Visa.
Contact me for any commission work and to receive updates on my work via email. I also regularly post pictures of my latest work and future events and art exhibitions on Instagram at #noemaneroart.
Follow my blog ArTower on Medium.com. A space where I invite artists to share their journey and a safe platform to support each other and help each other grow, link here;
Websites, social media links
Patt Sheldon is local—born in San Francisco and raised on the Peninsula. She taught mostly middle school English and Health Education in Belmont for 35 years, and never considered herself artistic, though her flair for color always showed.
Patt became a knitter, then a weaver after moving “over the hill” in 1999. Experiencing two summers of heavy coastal fog, she realized she needed indoor sports to combat the fog. She took a few weaving classes and many knitting technique workshops, learned ice dyeing one afternoon, and is self-taught in jewelry design. She creates unusual pieces and prefers being ahead of the crowd rather than part of it. Her works are one of a kind.
Patt’s love of color led her to Czech glass beads and the Czech Republic’s centuries-old family-run factories. She has visited three times and brought back many treasures to share in her work. Her excuse in returning is to combat losing these companies to cheaper made Chinese beads that have infiltrated the market.
She also uses different types of gemstones, especially for pieces for sale at the Vault.
Ice dyeing natural fibers became a passion, preferring its soft patterns to deliberate designs. She dyes clothing and large array of home goods, as well as fabric. The most exciting part of her ice dyeing has been collaborating with a former 6th grade student, now a fashion designer in Los Angeles.
Realizing how isolated artists can be, particularly after retiring from teaching and working at home, Patt started a group called Colony of Coastside Artists in Feb, 2010. The group is open to any level artist living on the coast interested in socializing, art discussions, and group projects, and is currently over 120 members strong. Prior to 2020, CoCA met monthly, and has resumed annually sponsoring Open Studios in November, which is available to all coastside artists.
Besides selling through CoCA’s Open Studios, her diverse work sells in stores, and several in-person shows, mostly on the coast. Her website www.pattsheldon.com highlights her vivid colors and textures. Patt also sells through Harvard Market, Make It Main Street, and Etsy and GoImagine online under the name Patt711.
She is very excited to return to The Vault’s collective art group.
Robyn Drake grew up in a volatile, isolated household on a farm in Iowa where her family raised cattle and horses and grain crops. Her refuges were horses, dogs, and art. She’s been involved in art most of her life as a form of non-narrative expression. Painting and drawing have been natural extensions of her physical and emotional self – like another appendage or sense. For her, making art has been an outpouring of something essential that had no other voice.
Her work has primarily been figurative throughout her career as an artist; portraits, still lifes, and florals in oils, oil pastels, and charcoal. The most recent direction has been horses, a return to her roots as an artist on the farm. “I can convey intense emotion that’s approachable when presented through the image of the horse. Horses have been a singular constant throughout my life, and I’ve always had at least one personal horse. These paintings also serve as expressionistic self-portraits.” With the horse series, she also changed mediums and began using acrylic paint for its immediacy and practicality.
Currently, she lives near San Francisco in Half Moon Bay with her horse, Patrón, where she works as an artist and english saddler for sport horses; a business she started in 2000 in the Chicago area, and then transitioned to the Bay Area in 2013.
She sometimes works from stock photos of horses, and sometimes she does photo shoots of horses she knows through her saddle business clientele. She often spends as much time preparing the compositions as she spends painting.
“Beyond the tensions of volume and geometry, passion and order, is the pull to express mythic icons in the light of contemporary mysticism.”
She sees her art as a visual koan. Arete, the grounding pursuit in her work; a path rather than an achievable destination. Throughout the searching and the striving, she hopes to express something deeply vulnerable in an often unsympathetic universe.
Spence Platt is a local artist, born and raised in San Jose. Spence grew up loving the western genre and country music and pulls his inspiration from that love. He uses a mixed media technique which includes but not limited to inks, watercolors, acrylics, spray paint, and resin. This blending of media provides texture and dimension to his work.
As many galleries closed during the pandemic, Spence intertwined his love of nature and the outdoors with his passion for art, traveling and adventuring throughout California finding beautiful places to display his work. You can follow his journey on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook.
I am grateful to live in this beautiful place where on my daily walks (and sometimes in our own backyard) I see a spectacular variety of life. I’ve fallen in love with our local birds, and sharing photos of them has delighted me and my friends. I marvel at the diversity, so I’ve produced high-quality metal prints of our local Owls and Hummingbirds in new, more affordable sizes.
I’ve been a maker from my earliest years. As a child, I drew horses, made paper dolls, greeting cards, garments, cooked and baked. I could draw all the Flintstone characters, and a pencil drawing I did of Peter Tork of The Monkees was published in a teen magazine. I painted 40 murals in a hospital when I was 18. By the time I got to high school, I decided to major in art, stepping away from my high academic achievement and probably disappointing my parents. I went to Pratt Institute but quit in my second year. Since then, I have been on the journey. Always creating — my hands are never idle! I had a long career in graphic design, including my own sign company in the 80s and 90s, and a career in advertising until my retirement two years ago. I now devote much of my time to painting and have completed over 700 paintings in the last 40 years, mostly in private collections.
I like to paint outdoors from life (en plein air) and about 50% of my paintings are done that way. I pack my gear and take it when I travel. Having a focus on depicting the places I visit gives added meaning, and mementos galore! Visit my website for more details on my long and varied career.
Susan Grabowski, originally from New Jersey, spent 22 years on Cape Cod before making her way to the San Francisco Bay Area. She captures the fleeting moments in her light-filled paintings in the California plein air/impressionist style.
Ethereal Flow Artistry came into being in February of 2022, but my love of Art has been a lifetime journey.
I have a passion for Art History which I studied in college. I have always enjoyed drawing, lettering, and painting. While experimenting with mixed media and the many ways I could express myself through it, I found my way to fluid art and have been producing works of every size & color ever since. I love the chemistry of the paints and the beautiful reactions they have on the canvas. Every painting continues to surprise and inspire me. Every day I can paint is a great day!
Thank you for taking a look at my art ~ Suzanne
I feel very fortunate to have lived near the coast for the majority of my life. I was raised in Southern California and spent much of my childhood and young adult life on Catalina Island. I now call the San Francisco Bay Area home where I have lived for the past 23 years.
My love of the coast has heavily influenced my art and is a continuing source of inspiration. The changing colors of the sea, the shadows from the cliffs, and even the fog which we experience regularly has its own beauty. When I paint I not only try to capture the scene on my canvas but I also try to convey a feeling and a mood about the subjects which hopefully translates to the viewer.
Though mostly a self-taught artist with little formal training I have attended various workshops of well-known artists whom I admire. I typically paint in oils but I also enjoy using gouache and experimenting with mixed media.
I belong to the Bay Area Plein Air Group along with various other art organizations: California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, Society of West Coast Arts, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.
Art That Makes a Difference
Sea Hugger is a nonprofit organization focused on protecting and healing the marine environment from plastic pollution through action and education to drive systemic change that addresses the root cause of the issue. Our mission is to educate the public to reduce plastic dependency while focusing on protecting the marine environment, ensuring the intrinsic rights of aquatic life, and helping create sustainable communities that are no longer affected by plastic pollution.
What is the Ocean Blue Vault?
Ocean Blue Real Estate founder David Oliphant introduces the Ocean Blue (Art) Vault, a local artists’ collective. David’s vision in creating this special space is to showcase local artists who celebrate the natural beauty found in Half Moon Bay.
In this Living Locally segment, meet photographer, Steve Maller; sculptor, Marie LaCour Studio; eclectic creative, Jennifer Roberts Almodova; and local artist, Sonya Kleshik who champions this unique collective “as bringing the community together because art acts as an instrument of connection.
The Ocean Blue Vault supports our local creative community & endeavors to offer the premier location for artists to show and sell their art on the coast. The Vault is committed to diversity, not only with the wide range of art offered each quarter, but diversity in its selection of people – all artists will find a supportive, safe environment and will feel welcome. The Vault strives to pay the artists the highest split on the coast with 100% of the proceeds from the “non profit” wall going directly to that quarter’s local charity. We are about community first.