Painting the California Coast: Volume One

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15 Years of Artwork. One Book.

  • 196 Pages
  • 9″ x 10″
  • 100+ Paintings
  • Hardbound
  • Foreword by Chris Ahrens

Local Pickup Info

Books are always available for purchase & local pickup at my gallery in Eureka (1636 F St – inside Eureka Art and Frame Co. – same building as Brick and Fire Bistro).

Gallery hours are M-F 9:00-5:30

Painting the California Coast: Volume One
by Matt Beard
Published by Noví Albion Publishing

I’ve been working on this book for over a decade. After years of slowly working toward my long term goal of painting the entire California coast, I’ve realized that it’s going to take a lifetime, and even then I will never be truly “finished”. But hey, even though there will always be more work to do, I have already painted a wide range locations in every coastal county of the state and at last I am going to release a large collection of my favorite pieces in this first volume of my life’s work.

But it’s more than just a book of art. Every painting has a story to tell; fences hopped, encounters with friendly locals, battles with nature itself while attempting to paint out on the edge of a cliff in the wind and against all better judgement. These are the stories of real places. They can’t always be told through art alone, and they certainly can’t be conveyed in a gallery show (who reads anything in a gallery?). To put it simply, this book is, without a doubt, the fullest expression of the artwork I’ve created over the last 15 years. I hope you all dig it.


The Coast News Group

Waterspot: Artist Matt Beard paints the coastline in latest book
by Chris Ahrens

The Times Standard

New book celebrates California’s coastline
by Heather Shelton

Explore the North Bay 2019

Coastal Views: Matt Beard’s California Impressionism Catches Waves
by Stett Holbrook


What Others are Saying

“Received my copy… it’s better that I imagined. Way more writing within the book than I thought, short tales, poetry, stealth camping and ticks. Beautiful reproductions of the paintings. Forced myself to stop reading it because I’m leaving for So. Baja in ten days and this is gonna be my primary reading material. I may need to make a trip up to the gallery – I’ve gotta see this stuff ‘in real life’.”
     -John A.

“Got mine yesterday. Amazing work. I really appreciate the approach of not naming spots. Love the “we’re not talking” stamp on the cover.”
     -Max F.

“It’s a beautiful book! We have added it to our [historical] library on Alcatraz Island.”
     -Stephen C.

Got the book in perfect condition! It is awesome, what a body of beautiful work! Well done, I love it!”
     -Steve W.

“Is the opening poem in the prologue on page 10 your work!? If so, I firmly declare you an artistic savant. This poem is incredible…  I am literally mouth agape right now. This is an incredible piece of work. Not that I’m shocked, no I know full well you are a talented guy…  But this book is an incredible collection of art and narratives. Some tease the brain, some evoke real images for me.”
     -Gavin C.

“Stoked, just no better word to describe the book. Got it yesterday in southern Oregon. Well done. Makes an earth bound old surfer like me smile about the days past in southern cal swells.”
     -Dave G.

“So stoked I just got Matt Beard‘s new book in the mail… He painted up and down the California Coast highlighting waves and the natural beauty of our coast… he names no spots… plein air style sitting in nature recording what he sees with a little artistic license… waves seem to be really good wherever he went… so awesome… Matt originally from Long Beach is one of the greatest modern day painters of surf and life.”
     -Rick B.

“Your book is beautiful. And I laughed out loud when I saw the last pages of no trespassing signs. Thank you for your art.”
     -Annie F.

“Got the book today…it’s beautiful!”
     -Mary Z.

“Just got my copy. Love it! Not just the painting but also the writing. Reading your book is creatively inspiring. The pictures, stories and poetry will feed your soul like a good Sabbath.”
     -Matt M.

 “I received your book today.  It far exceeded my expectations.  What a beautiful treasure it is.  Thank you so much to both you and Amie.  Well done!”
     -Carlene H.

“Well worth it.”
     -Deanna D.

“The book is REALLY great! My wife says you’re a writer that paints… The stories are great… Hat tip to the publisher!”
     -James G.

“Love, love,love the book. Took my time and enjoyed my way through. Somehow you managed to add an extra dimension to [the artwork] by adding words. It’s a beautiful book that was worth the wait. Matt’s gift to all of us.”
     -Mona D.