Hollister Ranch Hoedown 2014

Hollister Ranch Hoedown 2014

Summer’s End at the Hollister Ranch. The Hollister Hoedown Fundraiser returns. Ranch locals come from near and far to carry on a tradition. Once again, I am honored to be included. This years event began with clear, glassy conditions. Soaring summer temperatures with no sign of June Gloom.  The heat was on! My work hangs … Continue reading »

Lavender In Provence 2014

Lavender In Provence 2014

It doesn’t get much better than this… Lavender in Provence. July. A complete indulgence of the senses. Endless inspiration for new paintings. Step right in and take a deep breath… Hear the humming buzz of the bees. Feel the mid-summer’s breeze. Lavender calms and soothes the soul. and most of all, inspires creativity…

Provence Poppy Bliss

Provence Poppy Bliss

At last, we return to Provence and just in time to observe the Poppy phenomenon… This year’s was spectacular!  A “riot of red” that takes one’s breath away! The swaths of poppies are elusive.. never easy to find.  More than often, they find you… It’s quite the indulgence to spend time in the fields and … Continue reading »

An Inspired Visit to Villa Gamberaia

An Inspired Visit to Villa Gamberaia

“The villa stands nobly on a ridge overlooking the village of Settignano and the wide-spread valley of the Arno”… … so begins Edith Wharton’s description of the Villa Gamberaia in Florence.  For over twenty years I’ve had with me in my studios a first edition copy of Edith Wharton’s “Italian Villas and Gardens”, published in … Continue reading »

Caroline Zimmermann at Lahaina Galleries

Caroline Zimmermann at Lahaina Galleries

The End of Summer 2013’s most welcome news is my being taken on by Lahaina Galleries for representation.  Callie Wray and her fantastic team at their Fashion Island gallery have made me feel most welcome. My work has never been more beautifully displayed, I am honored to be included with such a great group of … Continue reading »

Return to the Festival of Arts

Return to the Festival of Arts

I’ve often thought of Life as flowing in a spiral current, even more so now as this summer I’ve found myself back in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. The decision to return was made on April 1st, and since that day I have been greatly anticipating exhibiting here once again. I was honored to … Continue reading »

Tuscan Poppies: The Chelsea Collection at Graham Fine Art

Tuscan Poppies: The Chelsea Collection at Graham Fine Art

March and April showers have made for a remarkably wet and rainy spring for us here in Tuscany.  After last year’s drought and extraordinary heat, this May is completely different; the Tuscan countryside has exploded in a lush green-ness that we haven’t seen in years. Gratitude for the corn poppy or papaver rhoeas, whose annual display brings … Continue reading »

Homage to a Wisteria

Homage to a Wisteria

This time of year the wisteria is a phenomenon here in Tuscany. It is a breathtaking spectacle seen throughout the region as the carefully maintained blooms adorn grand villas and bring their elegant grace to the most rustic of farm houses. Molino’s ancient wisteria is ill.  It should be in full glorious bloom, but this … Continue reading »

Waves of Inspiration: Sunflowers

Waves of Inspiration: Sunflowers

Sunflowers speak to me of happy and content memories in my family’s garden in Anaheim. As a child, I would lose myself for hours helping my mother and father with their various tasks of tending their large backyard garden.The mild weather in Southern California made for a botanical paradise for my parents. Both are originally … Continue reading »

Waves of Inspiration: Lavender

Waves of Inspiration: Lavender

Our winter travels have brought us back to Tuscany and what looks to be a soggy spring. Nothing warms my painter’s heart more than recalling warm, dry summers past in Provence and the sensual experience of painting lavender. I’ve recently completed my latest lavender painting: “Waves of Lavender and Grain” with that in mind… evoking … Continue reading »

Waves of Inspiration: Hawaii

Waves of Inspiration: Hawaii

It was December, 1988. My board and bag were packed, and I had just won a $500 award from the City of Laguna Beach’s public arts competition. I was ready: it was my first trip to Hawaii and I was going by myself. Not only did adventure await, but the course of my Life would … Continue reading »

Winter Surf

Winter Surf

Christmas Day 2012. No better way for me to celebrate the holidays than to get my head wet after months in Italy and away from my Pacific Ocean. After visits with family, we headed North, to friends in Ventura… the surf looked fun enough to justify a quick go-out along the way. Pitas Point at … Continue reading »

2012 Holiday Blog

2012 Holiday Blog

Here we are again, 2012 is almost behind us. Sandra Jones Campbell and I had our annual studio show last weekend, and all conspired to make it a successful event. Sandra’s Studio in Laguna Canyon is nothing short of fabulous and the ideal venue for a holiday party. It is the perfect setting for me … Continue reading »

Amber: Autumn Inspirations in Tuscany 2012

Amber: Autumn Inspirations in Tuscany 2012

Amber: It is the color of a Tuscan autumn, when all is bathed in a gorgeous honey light, gilded in gold, sweet, liquid, overripe, on the verge of decay. Shadows become longer, days shorter and the Tuscans increasingly maudlin and all goes quiet: Winter is approaching. This light turns all of the stone buildings to gold, … Continue reading »

Salvatore Ferragamo, Terroir and Painting Azul

Salvatore Ferragamo, Terroir and Painting Azul

October has come and gone, and with it the last of Tuscany’s balmy weather… fall colors are slowly making their appearance. Now with November’s rains here in Tuscany I am able to immerse myself in the studio.. wistful, now, however for a little sunshine! It was a glorious sunny day when we filmed out last scenes … Continue reading »

Water Paintings

Water Paintings

I really could not wait to get started. But where to begin? I combed through my countless photos of the waters of my recent trip to the Turquoise Coast. Mesmerized by the radiance, the glow emanating from the sea. I have this recurring dream where I am underwater… sometimes its a pond, sometimes the lineup … Continue reading »