Tom de Walt
For over thirty years, Tom de Walt has been making paintings of the California coast in rich, vibrant oils. Tom’s love of nature started when he learned to surf at a very young age. The sun, wind and waves instilled in him a great appreciation for the outdoors. Tom's artistic roots can be traced to his Great Aunt, Aurella de Walt Payne. She traveled to Europe and painted in France at the turn of the century then came to California where she was a pupil of Edgar Payne and became a member of ‘The Eucalyptus School’, a loose title that covered the large number of landscapists active in Laguna Beach from about 1915 to 1930.
Although largely self taught, Tom was greatly inspired by Aurella and her teacher, Edgar Payne. Like his Great Aunt, Tom also made his home in Southern California. Tom is an award winning artist based in Santa Barbara.
Exhibiting photographer Mehosh Dziadzio’s pictures have been an integral part of the Santa Barbara Scene for over 30 years. Along with his editorial clients, Mehosh also works for a diverse group of commercial clients, both nationally and internationally, shooting men and women’s fashion catalogs, products, architecture, and executive portraits. Recently Mehosh has taken to the skies with a modified quadcopter that will carry a more advanced camera system then what on the market today. Able to capture high resolution images Mehosh has taken to the open road this summer to capture in great detail, the amazing landscape our country offers. He is also contributing his aerial video footage to a documentary being produced by Mike Love on the renaturalization of Devro Point which will screen at this years Santa Barbara Film Festival.
A native of California, Blakeney Sanford was raised inspired by open spaces and the natural environment. Her childhood spent on California ranchland, along the California coast and her summers spent on Midwestern lakes fostered an appreciation for diverse environments and exposed her to fascinating patterns and designs of the natural world, a base from which she draws her current inspiration
Her most notable work, the contemporary blue resin series, reflects this inspiration in its form and scale. Ranging in scale from 12” to 40’, this series, based primarily on water, employs industrial metal, fiberglass and an epoxy bio-resin tinted in various shades of blue. In galleries and spaces throughout the United States, she has transformed these rigid materials into fluid shapes, basic rooms into experiences, and walls and buildings into canvases of brilliant color using light and shadow. Her work makes a statement in its magnitude, color and shape.
Other works include painting and mixed media pieces. Blakeney has shown in galleries and museums Nationally, and is part of significant global collections. She has collaborated with corporate brands, such as Quiksilver and Roxy. Blakeney works from her studio near Santa Barbara, CA.
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