Our vineyards, adjoining the Big Sur coastline but far above it, lie not only within the ideal wine area but also the wondrous beauty of a tectonic landscape.
When I realized my art studio was built on the crater of one of our three volcanoes, with brush firmly in hand, there was a profound change in how I observed and thought about the world around me and especially the earth beneath…in all its multi-hued magnificence and mystery.
Deep influences from Fauvism to Expressionism and beyond waned as my abstract paintings began to reflect the color explosion and dynamics of irrepressible nature. I then was compelled to revitalize my earlier landscape days and create a series of images that helped to pictorialize the aesthetics and awe of volcanic transformations. Wine is terroir; art is terroir!