Steam Driven


Artwork Notes:

Painted in the studio, but with a plein air approach- start to finish in about 2 hours, no time to fuss about perfection, loose but with lots of intent… if that makes sense.

I have spent a bit of time in Santa Cruz. Several good friends moved there in the mid 90’s, and have been there since, so I always have good folks to hang with when I pass through that carnival. Plenty of great, and some of my rather oddest, memories come from time spent there. If you see me, ask about it, I’ll tell you some tales.

Anyway, all that is to say in spite of spending more time there than many places down the California coast, I really haven’t done much art there at all.

So when I was asked for some Santa Cruz art for the upcoming Boardroom Surfboard Show (Oct 8-9) I was both stumped and stoked. A great excuse to do something a little different, like an aerial view of the iconic lighthouse looking back to the boardwalk. A flipped script from the usual views we often see.

Even more stoked to now have another excuse to spend some more time in SC, I’ll be heading down next week and painting as many places in and out of town as I can for the two weeks leading up to the Boardroom show.

Slowly but steadily, I’m filling in critical gaps on my way to covering the entire California coast through my art. Give me a few more years, but sheesh, its long overdue to get Santa Cruz represented properly. California without Santa Cruz would be like Hawaii without Kauai- missing a critical chapter.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Steam Driven"
Original Size: 24" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2016

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Studio Landscapes
Date Painted: 06/18/2016
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Santa Cruz


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