46″ x 32″


There are approximately 32 big cities along San Francisco Bay, but I chose to focus on the view looking toward Richmond. For me, San Pablo Bay was the most interesting from an artist’s perspective, being less built up and industrial. Here, the natural shore line is made up of rolling hills with scrubby trees.

The view is slightly overhead. Water and land are not accurate geographic representations. Currents and sun reflections are arbitrary. A tidal movement becomes a rough brushstroke. Since the Golden Gate Bridge is not visible from this position, its inclusion is instead collaged in as the engineer’s original drawing.

Even though the myriad elements might seem chaotic, the color balance and composition bring the painting together, demonstrating that chaos and order can work in harmony. Sometimes you just get lucky.