Monday, February 1, 2016

ARTIST CLOSEUP - Karen Peterson

Artist Closeup with Photographer Karen Peterson

Karen's interest in photography began with the gift of a camera on her ninth birthday. Her parents always had a camera front and center for family events and trips. This inspired her interest in photography. 

After earning a B.S. in Recreation Administration she used her photographic skills on the job, as a Recreation Supervisor for several agencies in the San Fransisco Bay Area. Workshops and local photographic organizations allowed her to expand her creative vision. 

In the 1990's Karen began working with Polaroid Film, mastering the art of image and emulsion transfers as well as S-X 70 Manipulations. 

Since moving to the Central Coast of California, Karen has enjoyed exploring the wonderful landscapes of the area. Karen's photographs have won awards at New Times & The Palo Alto Weekly photo contests as well as the Juried Fine Art Photography Shows at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. 

Karen has served as the President of the Palo Alto and San Luis Obispo Camera Clubs as well as the Central Coast Photographic Society.

Monday, January 4, 2016

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Patricia Newton

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Patricia Newton

Artist Pat Newton

Fueled by curiosity and imagination, Patricia Newton has always been intrigued by the essence of light, luminous color, expression of a face, a warm gentle breeze, the smell of citrus or salty air.

Patricia was influenced by the professional artists and their work, of family members while growing up.

Patricia's style is representational, utilizing a glazing technique by brushing on several thin layers of oil paint that lend a translucent effect and emanate light to her subjects. Her use of color and dimension are reflective of realism.

Moonstone Beach © Patricia Newton

An award winning artist, Patricia feels that in the end, it is not how well you paint or the number of accolades you gain, but how much you have grown as a result. Moreover, that the gift of creative spirit is celebrated and shared.

Morning Glory © Patricia Newton

Patricia is a member of "Oil Painters of America" and "The Portrait Society".

Patricia has painted in oil for approximately 30 years and resides on the Central Coast of California.

Summer Breeze © Patricia Newton

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Gallery at Marina Square presents a "Close Up" of Artist:

Ingrid Brink

Ingrid Brink has the good fortune of living in two of the world’s most beautiful places: Baywood Park close to the “Back Bay” and the Big Island of Hawaii. For nearly forty years she and her husband lived in Trinidad, on the California Northcoast, with its rugged coastline, giant redwoods and marshlands.

Making new friends, paddling the bay, and exploring the coastline have made the transition to the Central Coast rich with beauty, culture and people--perfect for art and life.

Ingrid attended Humboldt State University as an art major with an emphasis in ceramics and jewelry. After graduation her training switched from the college indoor environment to “on location” watercolor workshops.

Ebb Tide © by Ingrid Brink

The experience of painting outside for hours, getting to know the sounds, smells, temperature and color changes, quickly became an obsession.  She studied under such notable watercolorists as Milford Zornes, Dong Kingman, Katherine Chang Liu and Edward Reep.   Her paintings were accepted in many National competitions and she began teaching watercolor classes at the college level.

Lava Surf © by Ingrid Brink
In 1988, Ingrid Brink was unanimously accepted as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society (one of approx... 600 in the U.S.). The following year she was awarded a grant from the California Arts council as an Artist in Residence to work in two elementary schools. Nine grants later, with unwavering support from parents and schools, her residency turned into a 23-year career.

Ingrid says “ As a teacher and artist knew I was successful when I would hear: ‘You’ve changed the way I see.’ Nature expands the way I see everyday. The colors and textures of the land, sea and sky, of this paradise, “wow” me everyday and inspire me to paint!”

Mauna Kea Beach © by Ingrid Brink

Mauna Kea II © by Ingrid Brink

Friday, October 2, 2015

ARTIST CLOSEUP - Spanky Anderson

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist

Paul "Spanky" Anderson

"A life well lived is like a very long art project, one of appreciation, variety, compassion and abundance.  I think we all feel at times like we are missing out on the "artistic life" but all it takes is an extraordinary moment to reestablish the vision and the dream.  For me a spectacular sunset is that gateway.  I believe we are defined by special moments in our life.  Hopefully my paintings can capture these moments and extend their power. "   

Spanky grew up in Georgia and learned to draw and paint at an early age. He later traveled the south and exhibited his artwork of the southern landscape. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in Art, where he was awarded two Permanent Collection awards from Peter Augustini, a world renowned sculptor from New York, and internationally known painter Donald Cooper. Upon graduation, Spanky began his career as a graphic designer and colorist with a major carpet and textile manufacturer.
Most recently Spanky has moved to the Morro Bay area where he says “My peripheral vision of the central coast virtually dictates the color palette and brushstrokes onto my canvas.”

In the mid-seventies Spanky accepted a designer colorist position in Southern California where he continued to paint and pursue his love of the local land and seascape.

Most recently Spanky has moved to the Morro Bay area where he says “My peripheral vision of the central coast virtually dictates the color palette and brushstrokes onto my canvas.”

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist

Gary Fair

“I do not have a complicated system to painting. I simply see what I paint, and paint what I see. It must make me, and move me, and then and only then, will it move others.”

As a small boy, Gary always sketched the cartoons in the Sunday paper and wild life from magazines. This creativity lead him to develop his passion throughout his life. Gary's artwork comes from his pure love for the light and shadow, and the use of real color, seen in and throughout where we live. Self-taught and determined, he learned to encourage himself and just paint from within. With Gary’s art, one experiences his expression of moment and image.

Gary Fair is also a palette knife oil painter and is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists.

Gary lives with his wife Lorrie in the Bay Area. Gary's website is

Saturday, August 1, 2015

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Jillian Parks

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist

Jillian Parks

Jillian Parks

Jillian combines her background in animal care with her love of photography, creating joyful, timeless portraits of animals and their people. Jillian believes that having one special image of your beloved pet is a way to honor their love, loyalty and friendship.

When she’s not lying on her tummy taking dog photos, Jillian likes to go to the beach with her dogs, dance with her kids, and laugh a lot. She volunteers her time for various animal welfare groups including Woods Humane Society, SLO Animal Services, Second Chance at Love and more. She believes that every animal deserves a safe, loving home. Until there are none, adopt one!

© Jillian Parks
© Jillian Parks

© Jillian Parks

Monday, July 14, 2014


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist

Sarah DeLong

Sarah DeLong
Sarah DeLong is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and has won a 1st, 3rd and two 5th place ribbons in their Annual Jury Show. She has exhibited in many shows in Minnesota and Iowa, including the Heritage Gallery in Des Moines. In 2010 the National Transparent Watercolor Society accepted her “Oaxaca Basket Weaver” painting into their annual jury show.

Sarah moved to Morro Bay at the end of 2011 from Grinnell Iowa. She has worked in watercolors for over 27 years and she is in her element painting outside near a rushing stream or sitting on a dock in a harbor. She’s mainly a landscape painter but has painted people, animals and flowers. Watercolor has allowed her to have a loose realistic interpretation of a subject. She loves the transparent and glowing colors one can create with watercolor when they are mixed on paper.

Coast Guard Morning © Sarah DeLong
Smooth Sailing
© Sarah DeLong
Gliding Over the Waves © Sarah DeLong
Ocean Angel, Morro Bay Harbor © Sarah DeLong
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Jeff Odell

Jeff Odell
Oil painter Jeff Odell has created visual images since early childhood. He began his formal art education at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, and completed upper division studies at the Kansas City art Institute, earning a BFA in painting in 1979.

A major influence at KCAI was his experience in the painting studio of nationally recognized painter and Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald, who divided the act of painting into two categories: “visual painting,” executed directly from the observation of the subject in real time and space; and “conceptual painting,” executed from sources other than direct observation, such as photos, drawings, computer, and the imagination. Niewald taught that the only way to get at the visual truth of color is to work directly from nature.

Granddaddy Euc © Jeff Odell
View from Black Hill, 1984 © Jeff Odell
Log cabins © Jeff Odell
Hollister © Jeff Odell

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Gay McNeal

Gay McNeal
I have always enjoyed playing with fiber and fabric, learning to sew on my mother’s Singer Featherweight at the age of ten. College classes in weaving and surface design coupled with a BA degree in Interior Design from CSULB allowed me to continue to create with fabric and design in a part time career while helping to raise our three children.  My passion now is to make most of my own fabric that I use in my work as a Fiber Artist.  I continue to learn and find out new ways to manipulate fabric by hand dyeing or painting starting with plain white fabric as a blank canvas.  Japanese Shibori dyeing, silk screening, stamping, mono printing, batik and fabric painting are only a few of the ways I like to use to create texture and depth in my art.  Stitching by hand or machine and maybe adding a few beads as embellishment works to further my artistic expression.

Rock Fragment © Gay McNeal

Everything Has an Edge
Another Night at the
Improv © Gay McNeal

Glacier © Gay McNeal
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Carole McDonald

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Carole McDonald

Carole McDonald

Carole is a native Californian and self taught oil painter who moved to the Central Coast in 2009 to pursue acrylics and water mixable oils. When she’s not painting, Carole is knitting one of her felted ibag creations.

© Carole McDonald

“As a former Disney Imagineer, working at the happiest place on earth where art was everywhere and discussed every day, my imagination soared. More vibrant colors came to mind along with a general tranquil feeling… Little did I know I would retire to the happiest city in America. Small World.”

The inspiration for Carole’s colorful paintings is the endless landscapes and seascapes of the Central Coast.

© Carole McDonald
© Carole McDonald
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Friday, November 1, 2013

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Carol Astaire

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Carol Astaire

Carol Astaire
I absolutely love the ocean! Being on it, in it, or hiking beside it brings me pure joy. Every day is a new experience and I always start to smile and sing when I take off in my kayak. Born and raised on the California coast it is just simply in my blood.

Anacapa © Carol Astaire
Wet Wednesday Regatta © Carol Astaire

With a lifetime of education, teaching, exhibiting and traveling to draw upon, I have devoted the last five years to exploring the ocean south of Port of Los Angeles and north of Monterey County, photographing extensively in all conditions year round. Then I use my reference photos to help remind me of my experiences on the water when I return to my studio and get to work.

Calm Shore © Carol Astaire
Bluffs at Montaña de Oro © Carol Astaire

I now try to bring it all together in a free and joyful expression of the things of the sea I love most. Still using the old masters’ techniques of multiple layers, glazes and traditional mediums to produce the luminosity and visceral qualities that are so rich; I hope to share all of it with anyone who views my work.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Beth Sargent

Beth Sargent

Golden Light Halfdome
© Beth Sargent
I have always loved photography. When I was young, I would sneak off with the family’s brownie camera. I loved the thrill of seeing what I had captured when the film was developed. In my late teens I purchased a Yashica Single Lens Reflex Film Camera. I never went anywhere without it capturing moments in time. I would get together with friends and family to share a slide show. It was always a big hit.

Hawk Profile © Beth Sargent

Nothing gave me more joy than wondering off on my own to capture sunsets, take close up shots of flowers, or photograph star trails at night… nature and landscape photography was my real love.

Soon work and life seemed to get in the way of my photography. There was a large gap in time before I picked up a camera again to shoot images that inspired me. I am not sure what made me decide to give in to my creative side and capture nature’s beauty. One reason could have been that digital technology was improving so much that I liked the results I had been seeing. But whatever the reason, it was like I had been waiting most of my life to photograph nature again. It was like coming home. 

Stormy Seas © Beth Sargent

Yellow Barn © Beth Sargent

In 2008 I purchased my first Digital SLR camera and joined The San Luis Obispo Camera Club. Joining a local camera club can really improve anyone’s photography. At my very first meeting, a really talented photographer talked about High Dynamic Range Photography, also known as HDR. I went home that evening and downloaded an HDR program. The rest is history. HDR Photography seemed to resonate with me. Most of my landscapes and seascapes incorporate this technique. HDR allows me to get the light levels in my finished image that I can’t get with just one shot. The result is a shot that looks exactly as the scene actually appeared.

Landscapes and nature photography, especially birds, are my main focus. Early morning and late afternoon are my favorite times to photograph. I just love coastal sunsets, sunrises, rural and nature scenes.

Silent Hunter © Beth Sargent

Though all birds are of great interest to me, raptors are my favorite. What is it about photographing birds that has me hiding out in bushes and wearing silly looking camouflage clothing? I am not quite sure. I think it is the wildness, the freedom of flight, and the determination of nature to survive. Whatever it is, I am driven to seek out birds of prey and capture them in action. I almost always get to witness some incredible action. I absolutely love it.

There are times when someone will say to me, “Photography is your hobby.” I smile and say, “Not true.” It is way more than a hobby. It is what I do. For me, photography is a passion.

I found a quote from a poem that really says it all for me…
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
Rumi, Sufi Poet
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