In the Studio Today...Local Flora Photos

I had a really nice reception at Local Flora yesterday, from 3-6pm. The weather was fantastic and we pulled the food outside to enjoy the sunset. Thank you Kate Peper, Danielle, Mom and Dad, BJ, Annelise, Laura, and Silke. Please go visit the show, now through January 10th. For more information, see my previous post, or visit the Local Flora website at To view photos from the reception, please click here.

In the Studio Today... Local Flora Show & Pricelist

Monday, November 10, 2008

This is the pricelist for my current show at Local Flora Gallery in San Anselmo. Click on the above photo to enlarge. You may also download this same pricelist as a pdf file for my current show. For more information about the show, please visit

In the Studio Today... Historical Mural Painting

Leapin' for Obama, originally uploaded by Delta Niner.

My guess is that there will be a lot more murals to come in the next four years. It is a wonderful thing to see. This one is in Houston, Texas, outside of campaign headquarters there. This photo has been viewed on Flickr over 11,000 times. I think art tends to reflect what we are going through in the world, and artists really seem to be responding to Barack Obama's historical significance right now. His message of change, the idea of prosperity for all people- it is a really special time for the world, and I kept hearing people say how proud they were to be Americans today.

Yet, I got a pretty seething comment on my blog today, eluding to the fact that Marin County is "pure segregation" and wondering what this election will do for that. This goof was telling me to "paint black families, moving into their new homes in San Anselmo and Fairfax, and going to school with my kids." Sorry to disappoint your false sense of reality, but there really are plenty of black folks here, and yes, my kids attend school with children of color and they love them like all the other kids. I might paint a portrait of Obama's beautiful family someday, but until then, I have commissions from paying customers to help pay my own rent.

I don't know who keeps writing me these senseless messages, but it is really hateful, especially at a time when peace and hope have a real chance to prosper more than ever. Do I have to sit here and share with this freak who is writing me all the Black, Asian, Guatamalan, Korean, Thai, Hawaiian and so on... folks that live amongst me and yes, that I have invited into my home here? Do I really have to tell you that my sons attend a public school with black children to make you feel that Marin is not racist? That I have been a minority in a Church in Marin City? That one of my oldest friends is a white female preacher in a primarily black church community? That I have bathed a black person in a nursing home and tried to assist her in every way that I possibly could? That I have helped people that can't walk or see? That I have friends with children that are disabled? Friends and family with cancer? That I do care about all people? I hope there are not more people like you out there that don't believe in change right now... Our counry has spoken, and most people I know in my town, my friends, and family voted for Obama. Hopefully, he will draw the best and the brightest to work with him in Washington, and people will want to come and be a part of history, and help change things with fresh ideas. I believe things can only get better.

Why not talk about that, rather than put down poor artists that can't afford to pay their debt from attending art school? I have volunteered more time in the last 2 years to my community than I ever have in my entire life, and I get asked, almost weekly, to create art for free and donate it to this fundraiser, and the next one. Right now, 3 local fundraisers here have asked me for donations.... And yes, I will try to accomodate them, in between my paid work, my family, my volunteering for local schools, writing letters on behalf of other artists, newsletter design for groups for free... Please go and try to fluster someone else, Mr. Hateful Blogger. Marin loves people of all ethnicities and I have meet more worldly people here than I ever could have imagined.

In the Studio Today... Solo Show at Local Flora

Sunday, November 2, 2008
"3 Belles, 1 Iris", Pt. Reyes, CA. 16" x 20", o/c. At Local Flora; $485.

I just hung a show of my paintings at Local Flora Gallery in San Anselmo. This is a unique Flower Shop which is a member of Marin Organic, and adjacent to United Market on Redhill Road, just before the Hub. This show will run through the holidays and I have discounted paintings 40-20% lower than usual. 40% of the purchase price goes back to the Local Flora Shop, and I donate an additional percentage of my plein air paintings painted on Marin Organic farms back to the Marin Organic Interest-Free loan fund for farmers. There will be a reception on Saturday, November 15th, so be sure to drop by and say hello and check out the shop. Photos to come later this week...
November 2, 2008 - January 10, 2009
Wine & Cheese Reception; Saturday, November 15th, 3-6pm
Local Flora Flowers, Plants & Art Gallery
Adjacent to United Market
100 Red Hill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA

Local Flora Website