Title: Big Sur
Summer of 2019
Egg Tempera Landscape
Size 24 x 12 inches.

I spent several years working in the Bay area in California on and off, and had to live there for months at a time.  One of my go to weekend forays was to drive from Santa Cruz / Capitola and head south along the famous US 1 costal road.  Its a magical place where  the mountains come right up to the edge of the ocean.  In places the road is many hundreds (if not thousands ) of feet above the pacific.  You can find trails that wind down to small hidden beaches and coves.  From the higher places on the road you are looking out many hundreds of miles into the deep Pacific Ocean.  From up on the hillside you can look down and seel grey whales playing and breaching in the water feeding.  Or large schools of porpoise speeding through the water.  Large sea and coastal birds are everywhere.   I once described the experience of Big Sur to a friend.. Its as though you've opened up your head and poured the sky in.