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    Above the Mist, 12x16

    Above the Mist 12×16 SOLD

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    “One recent summer, as Richard and I drove to San Francisco on Highway One, we reached the area around Pescadero State Beach. We noticed that the meadows on both sides of the highway were blanketed with wildflowers in bloom. The dunes were covered with colors: pinks and lavenders, golds, oranges, and white. I took several photos at the time.” – mh (continued below)

     

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    Above the Shore 9x12

    Above the Shore 9×12

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    This plein air California painting was created with the inspiration of the Eucalyptus groves which frequent the coastal areas. It was painted in California’s Central Coast area, near Aptos. – mh

     

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    After Harvest 12x16

    After Harvest 12×16 sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    In the fall, the grape vines turn shades of rust and gold. This scene shows the vines blanketing the sloping hillsides, and I was attracted to the interwoven lines of vines and shrubs. It is a pleasure and an honor to be invited to special private properties to paint.” – mh

     

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    Autumn Escape, 9x12

    Autumn Escape 9×12

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    Autumn brought out the gold color of the vines. The vines and some hillside bushes were backlit. The distant hills were shrouded by the morning mist. I enjoyed the quiet, painting alone during the pandemic.

    This painting was accepted by the juror for the Monterey Plein Air Painters’ 2021 Signature Exhibition, in the Pacific Grove Art Center. I’ve painted with these artists many times over the years and am myself a Signature Member.” – mh

     

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    Autumn Joy 12x16

    Autumn Joy 12×16 – SOLD

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    “Ah, the vineyard in the fall. I felt joy because I had not been out painting with friends in some months because of my fall exhibit schedule. This day was specially warm and pleasant, as I stood among the vines feeling very blessed to be free to paint. The red barn made an attractive focal point for the painting, and I could see the distant hills, soft and blue to provide depth.” – mh

     

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    Bean Pot and Persimmon 9x12

    Bean Pot with Persimmons 9×12 sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    This is a still life painting celebrating the fall colors and the late fall fruits. Persimmon season always inspires me to consider a still life painting. These orange globes add a warm touch to any painting. I added an old bean pot my Mom had collected. The persimmons reflect in its shiny sides. – mh

     

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    Big Falls New Growth 12x9

    Big Falls, New Growth 12×9 SOLD

    Unframed size: 12″ x 9″; framed size 18″ x 15″

     

    This plein air California painting was created plein air in Yosemite Valley. I never tire of the great power of the earth exhibited by the huge canyon walls of that park, dwarfing us small humans. – mh

     

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    Big Sur Big View 12×16 – sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    “Traveling south of Carmel on Highway One, there are many places to pull off the road and admire the view. The area depicted here represents one of my favorites. The view is so vast and the colors of the ocean, on a clear day, are enchanting shades of blues and greens. The location depicted here is one I return to again and again to meditate and to paint.” – mh

     

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    Big Sur Morning

    Big Sur Morning 9×12

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “In the spring, I go on retreat with several of my painting friends to an area close to Big Sur. From this location, we are able to get an early start painting and catch the light coming up over the mountains to the east. This painting was made in the early morning with the sun lighting parts of the Bixby Bridge on highway one as it travels along the coast to Big Sur.” – mh

     

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    Coastal Muse, 24x36

    Coastal Muse 24×36 – sold

    Unframed size: 24″ x 36″; framed size 32″ x 44″

     

    “This painting was the largest and final in a series I made depicting this area. I find in this painting that the path down and the curving beach make a pleasant s-curve composition. The viewer is positioned overlooking the beach from the dunes near Pescadero. The bright flowers in the foreground contrast with the fog off in the distance, giving depth to the painting.” – mh

     

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    Coastal Spring, 24x36, oil on linen canvas

    Coastal Spring 24×36 sold

    Unframed size: 24″ x 36″; framed size 32″ x 44″

     

    “The California coastline has many bays and headlands that are pleasing to the eye. I found this scene looking south from the Pigeon Point Lighthouse area, on a day when the clouds were quite remarkable. The blooming wild mustard and the oxalis formed a colorful foreground, and an overgrown trail led my eye into the scene. The headlands of Año Nuevo, breeding ground for elephant seals, lies in the distance. The yellow flowers of spring are complemented by the lavenders of distant hills and cloud shadows.” – mh

     

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    Cruising the Coast 12x9

    Cruising the Coast 12×9 sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 9″; framed size 18″ x 15″

     

    “I painted this plein air painting near Davenport, along the California coast. The large raptors float the updrafts along the coast. They are similar to windsurfers a bit further north in their use of the onshore breeze to support seemingly effortless travel. The birds floated over my head as I painted, so I added them to my painting. – mh

     

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    Crystal Springs, 9x12, oil

    Crystal Springs 9×12 – sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “Painted late afternoon at Crystal Springs reservoir, coming home from SF, after a visit to the DeYoung Museum. Fog lifted as I reached the reservoir and the view from Canada road inspired this painting.” – mh

     

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    Day at Moss Landing 11x14

    Day at Moss Landing 11×14

    Unframed size 11×14

     

    “Painting at the overlook above Kirby Park and Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing, on the central California coast. This place is a bird sanctuary, and one where I have been drawn in the past to create small paintings.” – mh

     

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    Deer Creak Road, 9x12, oil

    Deer Creek Road 9×12 – sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “I searched for a location to paint and found this meadow with old oaks on Deer Creek Rd. I set up under the pines and out of the sun. As I painted, I was entertained by large jack rabbits hopping around the field.” – mh

     

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    Demijohns 9x12

    Demijohns 9×12 SOLD

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    Painted at the Watermill, in Posara, Italy. These jugs were used to store olive oil. They lined a wall at our host villa there. Some still had their wicker baskets attached. – mh

     

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    Deputy Dawg 9x12

    Deputy Dawg 9×12 – sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    The painting is named after this boat loaded with eel traps. A nice man told me what the orange barrels were, as I painted on the dock in Moss Landing Harbor.  It was the orange and oval shapes that attracted me, and of course the name of the boat. – mh

     

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    Dune Morning 9x12

    Dune Morning 9×12

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    Out painting with a group of fellow painters, I was captivated by the light rimming the dunes with their blanket of ice-plant. Monterey Bay shown in the distance. Painted plein air. – mh

     

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    Falls from the River 12x9

    Falls from the River 12×9 SOLD

    Unframed size: 12″ x 9″; framed size 18″ x 15″

     

    This plein air California painting was created plein air in Yosemite Valley. Of our great National Parks, Yosemite is the one I love the most, and have visited the most. – mh

     

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    Five Fingers Trail, 11x14

    Five Fingers Trail 11×14 – sold

    Unframed size 11×14, framed size 17×20

     

    “Elkhorn Slough National Wildlife Preserve provides 1700 acres of open space to hike, paint, and see wildlife. This is a favorite trail of mine as I always enjoy painting oak trees and the golden meadows that surround them in the summer. I painted this on location and was able to stand under a large old oak tree keeping cool as I worked.” – mh

     

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    French Poppies, 12x16, oil

    French Poppies 12×16 … sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 16″ x 20″

     

    This painting is of a scene I encountered on a recent painting expedition to the south of France with a group of other painters. It was the first of two paintings. The village on the hill is Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt, a village in the Luberon Valley. During late spring, the Flanders Field poppies splash the meadows with their bright red color. I wish I were packing for another painting vacation in France. – mh

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    Full Moon Sail 9x12

    Full Moon Sail 9×12

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “This plein air painting was created near Santa Cruz. The triangular shapes of the sailboats add to the soothing sight of ships floating on the Monterey Bay. I had the bonus of seeing the full moon rise during this late afternoon painting session. – mh

     

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    Half Dome Oaks 9x12

    Half Dome Oaks 9×12

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    This plein air painting is of a scene in Yosemite National Park. Standing in the Valley, inspiring views surround me. This is an Autumn scene of Half Dome and the meadow in the Valley near Curry Village. – mh

     

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    Harbor Guardian 9x12

    Harbor Guardian 9×12 sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    I painted this on a cool winter day. Today this lighthouse is a surfing museum. To get the angled view, I went out near the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf and set up my easel. The fog was thick and obscured much of the color and shapes. Afterwards, I enjoyed a hot cup of soup with friends. – mh

     

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    La Honda Ranch 9×12 – sold

    “There is an access to the lower end of La Honda Creek Preserve. The entrance is off highway 84, which comes down the mountains to the sea from Skyline Boulevard, arriving on Highway 1 a bit north of Pescadero road. My friend (and fellow artist) Sue and I explored the area and discovered a view of this pastoral scene. The hills were just turning from green to gold, and the cattle were grazing in the meadow near the barns. While we painted, several hikers came, watched us quietly for a bit, and then walked off to the trails nearby. It was well worth the long drive from my Soquel studio to enjoy and paint this scene.” – mh

     

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    Magnolia Bloom 18x18

    Magnolia Bloom 18×18 sold

    Unframed size: 18″ x 18″; framed size 25″ x 25″

     

    I planted a magnolia tree several years ago. It is the first large tree to bloom on our property in Soquel each year. Back when I lived in Berkeley, I shared a home with several like-minded adults and kids. I had a room on the second floor with a balcony that looked over the back yard of a neighbor. They had a large pink magnolia that would bloom every February, when all else was bare and gloomy. The bright pink blossoms are a real promise that spring is near. I planted one of these trees here in our Soquel garden and sure enough, it blooms every February to March. This year with stay at home orders, I took time to paint the blooms.” – mh

     

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    Monastery Cypress 12x9

    Monastery Cypress 12×9 sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 9″; framed size 18″ x 15″

     

    As afternoon led into early evening, I was on one of my last panels for the Carmel retreat. I had brought dark acrylic primed panels for evening paintings. I feel it is easier to pull out light areas if most of the scene is dark. As I painted this scene of the Carmelite monastery, the moon, one of my muses, rose over the hills. The finger like branches point to the tower of the monastery, which was lit on one side by the setting sun.” – mh

     

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    Morning Meadow, 9x12, oil

    Morning Meadow 9×12 – SOLD

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “Painted during a Carmel art retreat. The morning fog gave a mystical appearance to the distant trees. Openings were starting to appear in the fog cover revealing the blue sky. The meadow was turning to gold after the end of rains.” – mh

     

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    Mustard Fields, 9x12, oil

    Mustard Fields 9×12 sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 16″ x 19″

     

    “I made this plein air painting while standing in a meadow one day in the middle of the spring.In springtime, the wild mustard and oxalis are in full bloom, creating bright swaths of yellow in the meadows and fields of the coastal areas of California. The bright color contrasts well with the tall Eucalyptus trees. In this location you can see a peek of the ocean through the trees. ” – mh

     

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    Pasture Pals, 9x12, oil

    Pasture Pals 9×12 sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “Santa Fe, the high road to Taos, Abiquiu! I have frequently traveled to northern New Mexico to paint. One morning, I woke early to find a group of horses grazing in a pasture behind our inn. The sky had an sense of impending rain. I grabbed my paints and quickly sketched in the scene. The willows had their fall colors which accented the palomino in the foreground. – mh

     

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    Pinot Vines, 12x16

    Pinot Vines 12×16 – SOLD

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    “Central California is where I live and do most of my landscape painting. It is an area known for spectacular coastal scenes. But it is also an area with a rich agricultural heritage. From a painter’s perspective, the vineyards spread across the hillsides make fascinating subjects…” – mh

     

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    Point Lobos Spring 12x16

    Point Lobos Spring 12×16

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    Point Lobos State Park lies just south of Carmel, CA, and 30 minutes north of Big Sur. This is the first oil painting I made at the China Cove overlook in Point Lobos. For the first time, I saw the emerald waters and the gold cliffs beyond. A mother seal and her pup were playing in the surf, and I painted her in. The scene took my breath away.” – mh

     

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    Poppy Field 16x20

    Poppy Field 16×20-sold

    Unframed size: 16″ x 20″; framed size 24″ x 28″

     

    “This painting shows the powerful colors of California poppies juxtaposed over the greens and browns of the coastal lands and the blues of ocean and sky. The setting is south of Carmel, with the Point Lobos State Park in the distance.” – mh

     

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    Quiet Cove, 9x12, oil

    Quiet Cove 9×12 – sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “Painted in the Lover’s Cove area of Pacific Grove. This is a location that often has sun when the peninsula is shrouded in fog. I was attracted to the rim light on the tops of the cliffs leading to the sea, where the rocks made interesting reflections.” – mh

     

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    Rocky Beach 9x12

    Rocky Beach 9×12 sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    This plein air California painting was created near Pescadero, California.The rocky coastline of the Pacific north of Santa Cruz is interspersed with sandy beaches and elevated landforms ideal for my setting up of my easel. – mh

     

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    Sea_Spring 11x14

    Sea Spring 11×14 – SOLD

    Unframed size 11×14, framed size 17×20

     

    Driving along the Big Sur Coast, there are many locations to pull off the narrow road and paint the vista.This painting portrays the many shades of green that are reflected in the water from the steep hillsides above. Spring sunshine brings out the colors in the grasses and flowers. I worked to create the depth of the vista by lightening and decreasing the intensity of the colors. – mh

     

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    Shades of Blue, 24x30

    Shades of Blue 24×30 sold

    Unframed size: 24″ x 30″; framed size 30″ x 36″

     

    This painting developed in my studio from a smaller plein air study made on the California coast, within a state park. On a sunny day, the waters here are remarkable shades of blues and greens. Particularly where there is sand beneath shallow waters, the teal, jade and ultramarine blues come out. As I was looking north at the headlands in Big Sur, I felt again how small my part is in the greater whole. I am humbled and thankful to be here.” – mh

     

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    Skeins of Rose 18x24

    Skeins of Rose 18×24 sold

    Unframed size: 18″ x 24″; framed size 24″ x 30″

     

    Often in the spring, along the pacific coast, the sky turns into a light show at sunset. When the sky turns rose and gold, these colors are reflected in the ocean. Because of the curve of the Monterey Bay, the sun sets over the land here, not into the ocean. I first painted a 12”x16” titled “Evening Walk” of this sunset. I made mental notes of colors inspired by the intense sky colors. Shades of Rose was completed after that initial study.” – mh

     

    This painting has been juried into an MBPAPA exhibition. You may purchase this here or at the exhibit, but the painting will need to remain at the exhibition until the close on October 28, 2021. It can be shipped or picked up immediately thereafter at the Pacific Grove Art Center.

     

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    Snow Gum Eucalyptus 12x9

    Snow Gum Eucalyptus 12×9 sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 9″; framed size 18″ x 15″

     

    Our local university houses a large botanical garden that maintains plant collections from around the world. These trees are part of the Australian gardens. Their elegant white trunks contrast with the dark foliage below them. Painted on another fun plein air outing. – mh

     

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    Steamers Lane 12x16

    Steamers Lane 12×16 sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    This popular surfing spot is a great location to capture images of the large waves and the surfers as they plan their route into the water. The waves were huge and crashing on the rocks when I painted this scene plein air. The “lighthouse” building in the painting that stands guard over the lane actually houses a surfing museum.” – mh

     

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    Struve Slough 11x14

    Struve Slough 11×14 – SOLD

    Unframed size 11×14, framed size 17×20

     

    “South Santa Cruz County is graced with several sloughs which provide habitat for migratory birds and other rare creatures.  Some of these sloughs have trails that allow walking and bicycling. I found an access point that offered a view of the slough when the pickleweed was in its pink phase.. The color of this plant was complemented by the greens in the trees and grasses. This painting was created plein air during the Our Bounty event hosted by Pajaro Valley Arts.” – mh

     

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    Sunrise Glow 16x12

    Sunrise Glow 16×12

    Unframed size: 16″ x 12″; framed size 22″ x 18″

     

    “I woke up early to catch the autumn light on the trees. The sun rose up over the granite cliffs just as I set up my easel. I worked diligently to finish before the light changed and before the day got uncomfortably hot.” – mh

     

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    Tidal Pools 12x16 oil

    Tidal Pools 12×16 sold

    Oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″ painting, with frame 18″ x 22″.

     

    “This painting was created during the Artist Appreciation Day at Point Lobos State Nature Reserve south of Carmel. I walked out the South Shore Trail to the tide pool area. I arrived at the peak of high tide and quickly sketched in the basic shapes. I liked how the upended rock formations in the foreground carried my eye to the opening in the rocks where the waves were crashing and rushing through.” – mh

     

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    Up the Valley, 9x12, oil

    Up the Valley 9×12 sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “Painted at Live Earth Farm during the Our Bounty plein air event in 2019. I hiked a way into the growing fields and was attracted by the brightly lit vineyard on the distant hillside. Rows of various colored flowers and vegetables added interest.” – mh

     

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    Winter Colors, 9x12

    Winter Colors 9×12 sold

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    “This pastoral scene is located within a county park in inland California. After the first rains, the colors of the grasses change from gold to green. The red barn provides a nice complement to all the greens. I am always attracted to these peaceful scenes. I painted this as a class demo for my students in my Soquel studio.” – mh

     

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