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Painting on location across the California coast, accessed by van, by foot, and sometimes by boat.

Free Range: March 2019

12 days. 18 paintings. 49 miles hiked.  110 miles in a boat.  5 nights on an island. 2 creek crossings that required carrying borrowed waders for 2 miles on one hike. 3 passing showers I narrowly managed to dodge. 1 long downpour that soaked me to the bone all 3 miles back to the cabin. 1 tick seen. 29 miles hiked on an island without seeing a single human. 5 miles hiked among the poppies on the mainland with every other human on earth.


Free Range: A Bit Farther Out (mostly) 2018

11 days. 22 paintings. 27 miles hiked. 5 paintings completed in one day. 8 of them on an island. 2 nights in the van in awkward locations. 1 bird landed on my palette in the middle of the last painting. 1 cooler full of beers found right beside the to the door of my van in an otherwise empty carpark. 1 time I felt like telling a park ranger what-for, but refrained.

Free Range: Southern California – May 2018

12 days. 13 paintings. 4 times broke state park rules. 1 time got caught. 1 time circled by military helicopter but didn’t have to hide, just smiled and waved. 1 painting cut short by rain. 1 morning with unlimited donuts on the beach. 3 days in paradise on my way home.

Free Range: SF/San Mateo 2017

8 days. 1 bad head cold. 2 rainy summer days. 2 busted easels. 1 busted wetsuit zipper. 1 painting that blew off the easel and hit me in the face before nearly flying away. 1 odd conversation with the police. 1 gnarly lightning storm.  11 paintings.

Free Range: South Central Coast 2017

8 days.  16 paintings.

Free Range: Mendocino/Sonoma 2017

8 days. 8 dodgy parking situations. 4 tresspassings. 2 lengthy discussions with the authorities. 1 “VEHICLE IMMOBILIZATION AND NOTICE OF ARREST NOTICE”. Zero tick bites! 23 paintings.

Free Range: East Coast* Tour 2017

6 days.  2 laps around the lake. 1 trip up a mountain in a gondola. At least one van wheel witnessed completely off the ground after an unexpected “bump” in the road. Zero injuries.  10 paintings. 1 sold out show.

*East coast, as in Lake Tahoe. It’s the east coast of California anyway…

Free Range: SoCal Road Trip Spring 2017

22 days. 1 San Diego Surf Film Festival. 1 Boardroom Surfboard Show. 1 Expression Session Art and Surf Invitational. 23 paintings. 1 brush with the law.

“Free Range: Orange County Winter 2017

7 days. 2.5 days of rain. $26.75 paid to parking meters. 9 Paintings created on one road trip.

Free Range: Santa Cruz 2016

12 days. 1 Parking Ticket. 18 Paintings created on one road trip.

Free Range: Santa Barbara/Ventura 2016

13 days. 3 separate wildfires. 19 paintings.

Free Range: Marin 2016

5 days. 8 paintings.

Free Range: San Diego 2016

12 days. 1 massive film festival. 1 surfboard tradeshow. 1 art and surf invitational event. 12 paintings. 1 Sold out show.

Free Range: California 2015

23 days. 1499.6 miles. 33 paintings created on one road trip.

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