I've been following an artist, Paul Cumes. He lives in Santa Barbara, one of my favorite towns. His work embodies the things people love about the California seacoast: the beautiful light, the color, the ocean, the mountains. Santa Barbara scenery is not his only subject matter, it's what attracted me to his work in the first place.
Paul's art speaks to me on many levels. First and foremost, it reminds me of home. I recognize the scenery. He paints with passion. He uses colors, brush strokes and composition boldly. He's obviously influenced by Picasso, Matisse. He has a distinct style; not an easy thing to achieve. And he's incredibly prolific for such a young guy.
(famous surfing spot, camping area)
Pablo the Kitty
The Watering Jug
If you'd like to see Paul in action, painting, visit his web site and review his work. Each painting has a video showing his creation process, start to finish.