Chris Adessa is captivated by the ever-changing boundary between land and sea, and she uses her palette and brushes to capture the play of light on the mist and the rugged cliffs and shores. A transplant to Marin from western New York State, she is well suited to share the majestic California landscape and glorious climate through her painting. The idea to help preserve this inspiring landscape through conservation came naturally. She supports many environmental groups with her art, including The Bigger Picture, MALT, Save the Bay, Save Mount Diablo, and BayWood Artists.
Chris earned her fine art degree at Penn State, and an MBA at the University of Virginia. She has also studied painting with Randall Sexton, Chester Arnold and Brian Blood. She has won many awards for her paintings, and her work has shown in many museums including the Haggin Museum, Bolinas Museum, Napa Valley Museum, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, and the di Rosa Preserve. Her work is collected internationally, and important collections include Lassen Volcanic National Park and Save Mount Diablo. Her painting studio is in scenic Sausalito with views of the San Francisco Bay.
Stephen Ehretʼs fascination with the way color works in human vision has led him to develop a technique of fusing layers of transparent glazes to mix colors optically, allowing light to penetrate the surface and recreate the luminous quality of natural light. His paintings are autobiographical. Time and the flow of emotions over that time are the essential ingredients. The effects of light are metaphors to express the transcendent spirit.
Stephen grew up on the San Francisco peninsula during its rural period. He attended the College of San Mateo and studied under Alanson Appleton and Robert Bowman, then later the California College of Arts and Crafts where he studied under Ralph Borge, Robert Bechtel, Roy De Forest, Arthur Okamura and Jimmy Suzuki. Marin has been his home for the past 40 years and he lives and work in Sausalito.
Jennifer Fearon began painting as a respite from caring for three young children. When she learned that one of her sons had a severe developmental disability, the caregiving began to inform the painting and vice versa. To connect with her son, she began to notice what he noticed and imagined what he saw. They both loved the water and were fascinated by its moods, and they spent many outings together at the marsh, bay or ocean. Jennifer was particularly inspired by the the reflected light and color in the water, and being with her son helped her to be aware of the beauty that is always there. It is the gift of those fleeting moments of grace that she wishes to capture and share.
Jennifer was born and educated in Houston, Texas. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Business at Southern Methodist University and a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Houston. Relocation to the Bay Area in 1987 rekindled her early interest in art. She has studied at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and with various San Francisco Bay Area artists. She works from her studio in Sausalito, California.
Craig Gilliland works in oil, acrylic and mixed media with emphasis on the interaction of sea and sky, and abstractions inspired by urban elements. The focus of his painting is to express the essence of a scene, while the mood and sense of the moment direct his brush.
Craig received a B.S. in Marketing from Ball State University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary. After practicing law for 30 years in San Francisco, Craig turned to painting full time from his studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. His awards and juried competitions include The Artist ‘s Magazine Competition, Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Sebastopol Art Center, May Show, Art in the Redwoods and Wet Paint. He founded and is represented by Spindrift Gallery in Sea Ranch, California which represents award winning painters and sculptors. He lives in Sea Ranch, California.
Victoria Mimiaga credits her home of Honolulu, Hawaii for her love of the ocean. Her entire childhood was spent surfing, competitive paddling, and sailing. As an artist, the ocean remains her favorite subject, especially for it’s beautiful reflective surface and rich subtile color harmonies.
She received her Bachelorʼs degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder and her art training at the Honolulu Academy of Art and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. She has also studied with internationally acclaimed artists including Jove Wang, Skip Whitcomb, Peggy Kroll Roberts and Randall Sexton. She has won many awards and been featured in several magazines including Victoria and Northern California Home and Design. She lives and works in Marin county.
Thomas Wood is a native San Franciscan and third-generation California landsape painter, the son of artists Mireille and Phil Wood and the grandson of the plein air painter and muralist Gottardo Piazzoni. His landscape painting invites contemplation of nature’s truth, beauty, and unexpected revelations.
Tom attended the University of California Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Since 1982, he has exhibited his paintings professionally in more than fifty solo and sixty-five group shows, many in support of land- and water- conservation causes. He is a founding participant in the Marin Agricultural Land Trust benefit “Ranches and Rolling Hills,” and he has painted to help groups such as Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, Russian Riverkeeper, Marin Organic Farmers, and Buckelew Houses. His painting represented Senator John Burtonʼs Third District in the California State Capitol, and he was selected by the State Department for the program “Art in the Embassies.” He lives in Nicasio, California.
Katherine B. Young has a deep love for the ocean. She paints vast spaces of ocean and sky on gold or silver leafed panel. These oil paintings evoke a calm and meditative atmosphere, and explore the idea of the divine qualities found in nature.
She earned an MFA with honors at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She received a B.S.E. in engineering and her M.D. from Duke University and trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. She has exhibited locally and nationally in juried shows and museums, and has won many awards including the Grand Prize in the International Artist Magazine Competition. Her paintings have appeared in several magazines including Fine Art Connoisseur , International Artist, American Art Collector and Stanfordʼs Bench and Bedside. She is a juried artist member of the California Art Club and the American Society of Marine Artists and is represented by Hang Art in San Francisco and Treeʼs Place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She lives in San Francisco, California.