Sailing by the Douglas Family Preserve

24.00"W x 18.00"H x 1.5"D

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Michele Zuzalek


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: dog walking, hendreys beach, boathouse santa barbara, summer vacation, coastal scene, coastal home decor, home decor, ocean art, sail santa barbara, regatta, sailboats, hikes santa barbara, santa barbara, bluffs, wilcox property, douglas family preserve

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 24"W x 18"H x 1.5"D

Year Created: 2017

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This beautiful, undeveloped stretch of park is a prime place for walking humans and dogs. The view along the bluffs is gorgeous, offering ocean and beach views that are spectacular.

The history of this park is particularly interesting. Many of the older locals remember is as the Wilcox property. As you wander the park, you can still find fire plugs, street curbs and drains that were once planned to support a major housing development but chance and a grassroots movement saved it.
The 70-acre Douglas Family Preserve (DFP) is located near the intersection of Cliff Drive and Las Positas Road in the Mesa neighborhood. In 1996, the Preserve was acquired by the Trust for Public Lands and transferred to the City a year later. The DFP is an undeveloped open space that provides passive recreation opportunities, such as hiking, dog walking, wildlife viewing, and bicycle riding..This painting is signed on the back and ready to hang no frame needed.

.I have been painting and drawing since 6 years old. My medium is varied as I am always creating new work and experimenting with landscape, abstract and figurative.
My studio is in Santa Barbara, California and I try to paint daily
See more work on my website

When I was five years old, I drew in an old ledger book. My medium was crayon. Drawing was my means of expression. As I paint, I feel uninhibited, and I experience the conquest of the limitless boundaries of art. Lines, gesture, color, space, movement, texture and mixing mediums explode. My decisions are made spontaneously on the canvas. I paint because it is what I enjoy most and it is the one constant in my life. What interests me, is the way different objects come together, a combination of colors, lines and shapes developing forming abstracted compositions. The original shapes become unimportant as color and texture take over. My paintings are the beginning of a story—a setting that is somewhat recognizable and familiar, but leaves room for the story to be discovered by the viewer. Whether it feels magical and beautiful, or oppressive and ominous, is up to the viewer. The plan is to take the observer to a contemplative place; a place that is part memory and part imagination. My artistic influences have been Richard Diebenkorn, for his vibrant colors and composition, and Egon Sheille who I appreciate for the directness of his work, his expressionist idiom, and how he conveys his most intimate thoughts and private visions. Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, and Edward Hopper, and Giorgio Morandi are also inspirations. I have a special affinity with the work of the Early American Modernists - in particular, Marsden Hartley and Arthur Dove for the spiritual feelings invoked in their work and their splendid simplicity. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and am a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. I studied painting privately with Jack Lynwood, Tom Wudl, Harry Carmean, Lorser Feitelson, and Leo Carrillo. My art is found in private collections internationally, and have received numerous awards for my paintings. I remain an active member of Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (S.C.A.P.E.), and in a Women’s Abstract Painting Group in Santa Barbara. Available for commissioned works for corporate offices and private collections. michelezuzalek.com

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