Presented in Collaboration with
Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University
May 16 to June 30, 2020
A special congratulations to our Art Lover’s Choice Award Winners: Jim McVicker (Architecture), Jeff Yeomans (Figurative), David Jenks (Landscape), Adam Matano (Sculpture), Jane Hunt (Seascape), Heather Ihn Martin (Still Life), Danny Griego (Urbanscape), and Lu Yu (Urbanscape)!
- D. Eleinne Basa
- Brian Blood
- Larry Cannon
- Karl Dempwolf
- Kathleen Dunphy
- Aimee Erickson
- Mark Fehlman
- Robin Hall
- Jeffrey C. Horn
- Jane Hunt
- Michelle Jung
- Thomas Jefferson Kitts
- Jim Lamb
- Frank Lennartz
- Ruo Li
- Calvin Liang
- Carolyn Lord
- Kim Lordier
- Ernesto Nemesio
- Michael Obermeyer
- Jesse Powell
- Robin Purcell
- Lori Putnam
- Ray Roberts
- Sergio Roffo
- Aaron Schuerr
- Jeff Sewell
- Michael Situ
- Wendy Wirth
- Antonina Zenin
D. Eleinne Basa
A Quiet Surf
Oil on linen, 11" x 14", $3,200
"Light and color are tricky to combine, and when a bright light overpowers a scene usually there is a tonal quality and an absence of color. This scene features an early morning sunrise during which the sun was casting a very bright glare on the receding tide. The glare was so bright that the scene looked black and white whenever I looked at it. This painting was started en plein air and the challenge was trying to truthfully capture how the light quality of that peaceful morning dominated the scene."
– D. Eleinne Basa
Twilight at the Ghost Tree
Oil, 24" x 30", $10,000
Moonlight on Monterey Bay
Watercolor, 10" x 14", $1,850
"There is something quite beautiful and haunting about a moonlit night over the ocean with high clouds moving across the face of the moon and casting their shadows on calm seas. Bright ribbons of light on the water seem to be speaking directly to one’s soul. After years of painting in Carmel and braving strong winds and heavy surf many afternoons, I still have a sense of awe and smallness at the sight of sunsets and then bright moonlight over Monterey Bay."
– Larry Cannon
On a Calm Day, Pt. Lobos
Oil on canvas board, 7" x 5", $1,600
"Walking along one of the many footpath surely tread by my artist friends and long gone art icons from the last century, I stop to do a little sketch. A typical Point Lobos vista with some tree trunks, a calm Pacific, and a rocky shore beckons. This place is special because of the spirits I sense nearby. Franz Bischoff, William Frederic Ritschel, and Guy Rose all painted here."
– Karl Dempwolf
Oil on linen, 30" x 40", $13,000
"The churning waters of the California coast mesmerize and inspire me. One glittering winter morning, the ocean kicked up so much 'wave dust' that the air was thick with moisture. I quickly painted a study to capture the effect of the angled light and made several sketches of this area in Garrapata State Park. Back home in my studio, I used all that reference material to create Atmosphere."
– Kathleen Dunphy
Oil on canvas, 18" x 30", $5,800
"I painted Avalon Sparkle in the studio after a visit to Santa Catalina. The island has a jewel-like quality, resulting from the shifting colors and sparkle on the water. In winter, the harbor is mostly empty of boats, there is little traffic in the streets, and there is a sense that the town has yet to be discovered."
– Aimee Erickson
Oil on canvas board, 9" x 12", $900
"The ocean, unlike the landscape, reflects the light from everything around it…the sky, the sun, and rocks. It is a perfect subject to capture a moment in time that is moody and evocative."
– Mark Fehlman
Oil on linen board, 8" x 10", $1,400
"Jalama Beach is one of my favorite California beaches. Rocky and windswept rugged cliffs frame an expansive undeveloped coastline. Early morning hours reveal dramatic shadow patterns."
– Robin Hall
Jeffrey C. Horn
Oil on linen panel, 12" x 16", $2,200
"I occasionally walk the island of Balboa in Newport Harbor, always on the lookout for a colorful little dinghy reflecting in the water or placed in some interesting position by the changing tide. This boat, white with blue accents, would usually not appeal. Nevertheless, the light changes everything for a painter. The subtleties of reflected light turn a white boat sitting on the beach into a complex subject to contemplate."
– Jeffrey C. Horn
Boats at Dusk
Oil on panel, 20" x 16", $2,400
"The way the sun was setting behind the boats created a beautiful backdrop for the solid dark shapes in this piece. Boats at Dusk is a studio piece that I created from a plein air study. The original was done on location at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s Annual Plein Air Festival in Florida. It awarded 'best vehicle' at that competition and I decided to explore the subject further. Back in the studio, I added more contrast and tweaked the colors to be more harmonious. My goal was to capture the feel of this fleeting, peaceful moment in time."
– Jane Hunt
Oil on canvas, 30" x 30", $12,500
"Shoal Waters is a common sight along the cliffs of Northern California’s dramatic coastline. The submerged rock formations below the cliffs create obstacles for the natural flow of waves. I find the shifting water patterns reflect the spontaneity of life and the need for one to be adaptable."
– Michelle Jung
Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Ocean Gypsy at Moss Point, California
Oil on panel, 10" x 8", $1,600
"What I love most about painting en plein air is when you stumble across the perfect subject. Driving home from Carmel, California, I stopped to eat in Moss Point. I had never visited and afterwards I drove along the harbor and found this view. It was midday and the working boats were top lit, with the intense California sun eased by a soft veil in the air. Sometimes it is foolish to question what the world is offering and so we must stop to paint. On my way north, for another 800 miles, I kept thinking about this unexpected gift."
– Thomas Jefferson Kitts
View from the Ritz - Dana Point
Oil on linen, 9" x 12", $2,400
"Stepping out on the cliff-side lawn of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, just south of Laguna Beach, I discovered this long expanse of beach and distant golden cliffs of Dana Point bathed in warm, late afternoon sunlight. I loved the scene, so I painted it. "
– Jim Lamb
Oil on canvas, 20" x 30", $3,000
"For many years I have watched brown pelicans glide gracefully along our Southern California coastline, flying effortlessly just above the waves or the surface of the water. Because of their large weight and wide wingspan, these pelicans take advantage of the “updraft” from breaking waves to keep aloft and maintain efficiency while gliding, typically with their fellow pelicans. When not flying, these pelicans roost on the offshore rocks of Santa Cruz Island and near the lighthouse on East Anacapa Island."
– Frank Lennartz
Oil on canvas, 20" x 29", $6,500
"Depicted is Point Fermin on the California coast, a very beautiful and distinctive place. As sunset approached, the sun penetrated the waves, making the sea very colorful. At this moment, the shape and color of the sea moved in a beautiful harmony. A good artist is not someone who can paint any object beautifully. Rather, if an object is beautiful, he will express and enhance that beauty. Discovering beauty is most important to the artist."
– Ruo Li
Oil on canvas, 12" x 9", $1,600
"I want to capture the sunset’s lighting reflected off the tall ship. When I saw this in person for the first time, I thought it exuded a romantic feeling."
– Calvin Liang
Fin de la Journée
Watercolor, 15" x 11", $1,500
"Along the Normandy coast of France, the chalk cliffs of Étretat were a painting motif of artists like Boudin, Monet, and Aubertin. While traveling in France last year and visiting museums, I saw superb examples of these artists’ paintings of the iconic cliffs. I spent a few days at Étretat, deepening my enjoyment and understanding of their paintings. My watercolor Fin de la Journée is the epitome of plein air, painted on the rocky beach at the end of a gray and overcast day being transformed by the obscured, setting sun."
– Carolyn Lord
Cypress Grove Fringe
Pastel on archival board, 27" x 40", $14,000
"Whether engulfed in fog or beautifully lit by the setting sun, the Monterey Cypress along the Cypress Grove trail in Point Lobos never fail to inspire. The velvety orange growth on the trunks, a green algae that is not harmful to the trees, creates a vibrational play of color. While the chaotic sandstone shapes and pulsing waters offer a dizzying puzzle to figure out. With easel in hand, and pastel dust flying, I can only hope to capture a tiny bit of the stunning gift from Mother Nature.."
– Kim Lordier
Oil, 16" x 20", $2,600
"Sam Hyde Harris greatly inspired the approach to my harbor painting with his signature use of a high horizon line to create a dramatic composition with a dominant negative space for contemplation. His atmospheric mastery navigated the way I considered edges and harmonized colors to create 'depth through atmosphere.'"
– Ernesto Nemesio
Ehukai Surf Haze
Oil on canvas, 12" x 16", $3,200
"Ehukai Beach, more well known as the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, is renowned for its big winter surf breaks and perfect waves. On a recent trip there, as I was stepping onto the beach to bodysurf, this beautiful shimmering late afternoon silver light caught my eye. It was a preview for what was to come later. Like nothing I had ever seen, the most spectacular hot pinks and blue greens reflected on the water. It took my breath away, as Hawaiian sunsets often do."
– Michael Obermeyer
Oil on linen, 12" x 16", Not for Sale
"I am very fortunate to live on the Monterey Peninsula, surrounded by beauty and a rich history of California painters. For over 100 years, artists traveled here to be inspired by the rugged coastline. Among my favorite subjects are the Monterey Cypress trees that grow along the coast. They are living sculptures, windblown and twisted; they have adapted to thrive in a harsh environment. This painting represents the quiet solitude of a moonlit night, a time that I find great comfort in such a hectic world."
– Jesse Powell
Watercolor, 9" x 12", $950
"Butterfly Beach was painted in the clear warm light of an October morning in Santa Barbara. The golden color of the bluff was complemented perfectly by the lavender and turquoise waves. I was able to see and paint the relationship between these two elements with reflections of gold in the water and reflected bluish purples in the shadows on the bluff."
– Robin Purcell
Iceberg Lake, Eastern Sierra
Oil on linen, 8" x 10", $2,000
"There is no greater inspiration than the glacial lakes of the Eastern Sierra. The hike is steep and difficult. The reward? This. Iceberg Lake rests at the foot of the Minarets, a series of jagged peaks located in the Ritter Range. You learn a lot about yourself when faced with such tests of endurance. Several of us were camping along Ediza Lake, about 500 feet below this spot. Wonderful friends and painting views like this fills my soul. I am changed; whole, grateful, and longing for the chance to return to the most beautiful place on earth."
– Lori Putnam
La Jolla Cliffs
Oil on linen, 30" x 40", $20,000
"La Jolla was a thriving artist colony early in the 20th century. The shoreline still offers plenty of inspiration for the traditional oil painter as these rugged cliffs play a dramatic rampart to the all-powerful Pacific Ocean. To paint here is awe-inspiring and a humbling experience."
– Ray Roberts
Oil on mounted canvas, 18" x 30" $12,500
"Every year on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, there is a race of classic sailboats called The Opera House Cup. Sailboats from all over the world attend this classic race. This particular sailboat is a Concordia built yawl arriving on Nantucket at sunrise for the race."
– Sergio Roffo
Oil on linen, 13" x 30", $3,500
"In March of 2019, I embarked on a month-long road-trip, a mix of plein air festivals, art openings, and exploration, from the California coast to the Utah desert. It was my introduction to the incomparable beaches and the welcoming art community of Laguna Beach. For a landlocked Montana artist escaping sub-zero temperatures, painting barefoot on the beach in March was nothing short of paradise. I could not get enough. After painting a small study of Recreation Point from Diver’s Cove, I returned with a larger canvas and worked for two afternoon sessions on Laguna Shore."
– Aaron Schuerr
Trust is the Horizon
Water mixable oil on canvas, 24" x 36", $3,200
"The title, Trust is the Horizon, reflects the great faith and Trust that we as individuals use in our daily lives; Trust in ourselves and Trust shared with partners, family members, friends, and others. The Horizon leads us forward. Without insight to the future, one must place Trust in what lies ahead. Whether it be challenges or good times to come, the Trust in oneself shall not fade as the sun sinks beyond the sea."
– Jeff Sewell
Oil on canvas, 24" x 36", $8,800
"I always enjoy the sunset because the moment is so full of peace and beauty. Sunsets are one of my favorite subjects to paint and Laguna Beach is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the ocean."
– Michael Situ
Endless Light, Main Beach, Laguna
Oil on panel, 18" x 30", $4,800
"Twilight seemed to stretch forever in this heavy coastal marine layer, as low tide unveiled Main Beach’s rocky shoreline. Just steps from the bustle of Laguna, it would seem an unwelcome clash between extremes. But the ocean’s magic brings an unexpected tranquility. The subtle, earthy tones of the foreground rocks played well against the dazzle of city lights. Their enduring presence offered serene contrast to the commotion of downtown. A great metaphor for the passage of time. For me, day’s end has always been the most alluring subject matter—just when the sparkle of light first illuminates evening. "
– Wendy Wirth
Oil on linen, 20" x 24", $3,000
"The ocean is my favorite subject to paint. It always moves me and provides endless inspiration. Point Lobos was painted from a small plein air study that I did on location at Point Lobos National Park in the spring of 2019. The painting depicts a fleeting moment of morning light reflecting on the water and providing a sense of the coastal atmosphere. The style of the painting is impressionistic with loose painterly brushwork and a bright, chromatic palette."
– Antonina Zenin