Plein air drawing and painting has been my main interest since 1995 when Mary Warshaw introduced me to the beauty and value of Elkhorn Slough. When the Watsonville Wetlands became threatened by development we also painted there and accumulated pages of the before and after. Soon many artists were painting in these settings and a number of wetlands exhibitions and group painting projects followed, including “Elkhorn Slough Observed” in 1998 curated by Louise Newberry, and “Discovering the Watsonville Wetlands,” 2001, curated by Loiuse Newberry and Mary Warshaw, both at the Pajaro Valley Arts Council in Watsonville.

Drawing and painting, or merely taking thirty minutes of quiet and careful looking and listening in and about these wetlands. gives one a new appreciation of form, light, color, sound, and the creatures of these magic places, wanting to save them undisturbed.



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