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Featuring The Joshua Meador
Desert Paintings
by Kathi Hilton
Seascapes & Landscapes
by Alex Dzigurski II
Seascapes & Landscapes
by Linda Sorensen
Watercolors by
Jean Warren
Bodega Bay Photography by Diane Perry

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Linda, Jean & Josh
Linda Sorensen, Jean Warren & Joshua Meador

Joshua Meador with sketch pad
Joshua Meador, oil paintings

Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen, oil paintings
Jean Warren
Jean Warren, watercolors
Linda Sorensen

Linda Sorensen has been drawing and painting the world around her as long as she can remember. In her grade school days, teachers would often catch her sketching portraits of her classmates.

(The teachers were less than pleased.) Undaunted, Linda developed her art from drawings, to tempera, and onward to oil paintings, and from realism in her early teens, to abstract expressionism in high school and through college and law school, the latter in Berkeley, CA.

Linda Sorensen Outward Bound
Outward Bound
Linda Sorensen Moonrise Sunset
Moonrise Sunset, Monument Valley

These days, Linda is a studio painter of landscapes that blend impressionism and modernism. She is best pleased to evoke the exhilarating moods of the natural world, and human story in that world, by paint.

She travels and records compositional ideas with her own photography, but frequently alters the scenes, combining points of view, changing light and color, emphasizing what is iconic. She enjoys studying the works of American Regionalist painters, especially the works of Taos' Ernest Martin Hennings, Iowa's Marvin Cone, Missouri's Thomas Hart Benton and California's Ray Strong, and enjoys museum trips to view works by California's painters of the past.

Linda and her husband Dan Rohlfing are owners of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, specializing in Early California Art and also featuring Linda's paintings.

Linda's favorite painting locales are the coastal and pastoral scenes of Sonoma and Marin Counties, the beaches and mountains of Hawaii, and whenever possible, the deserts and canyonlands of the Southwest.

Linda Sorensen Nunsense Monument Valley
Nunsense, Monument Valley
Linda Sorensen Road to Monument Valley Sentinel Mesa
Road into Monument Valley,
Sentinel Mesa
Linda Sorensen Winters Radiance at Rivers End
Winter Radiance at River's End
Jean Warren

As Jean Warren looks toward her artistic future, she says with confidence that she's never felt she's arrived. With wide bright eyes, an unmistakable smile and an adventurous spirit, she confidently says, "I'm always striving for that 'next,' whatever that next is."

Jean recalls when she was a child, her grandmother would ask, "Jeanie, would you make a picture for me?" Of course Jeanie eagerly agreed and her grandmother displayed her paintings all over the house.

Jean Warren Painting
Duncans Landing
Jean Warren Painting
Leaves of Time

Later, Jean's teachers encouraged her more and she came to see herself as a painter. She was always looking at shapes, natural rhythms and colors in the natural world and expressing them in paint. She says, "After a while, I just had to do art, it was part of my life."

Today Jean recalls how important encouragement was to her, so she in turn encourages her students that they can do it. Jean believes they too can know the joy of exploring what is around them and "make a picture," just like she did as a child when she was encouraged by her grandmother.

Jean says, "I learned to leave some things unsaid in a painting to let the viewer complete the picture with his or her own experiences."

She says, "Representational images spark the interest in the viewer while the abstract involves their experience and interpretation. It always has been my goal to challenge the static image, to paint more of what's going on, both on the surface and below the surface, drawing on people's different levels of consciousness."
Jean Warren Rectangle Dance
Rectangle Dance
When teaching watercolor, Jean says, "The one thing I love to get through to my students is that watercolor is so versatile, it gives you ideas what to do next, to be able to respond to what the paint is doing on the paper is a gift watercolor gives us like no other medium seems to do.
Jean Warren Painting
Shakespeare & Co. (Paris)
Jean Warren Painting
Wrights Beach
Joshua Meador 1911-1965
In the late 1940's and early 1950's, Joshua Meador along with his wife Libby and son Philip would drive their woody station wagon from their La Crescenta home to Bodega Bay. Josh enjoyed painting California's coastal scenes and nearby environs. He often painted throughout Sonoma County. As his career progressed, he had a gallery and studio in Carmel Highlands and between 1960 and 1965, one in Caspar just north of Mendocino.
Joshua Meador Pow Wow
Pow Wow
, 18 x 14

Josh was Walt Disney Studios Director of Animation Effects for nearly 30 years. Ever humble, he referred to his ground breaking work in animation as his "day job," while stating clearly he was, first and formost, a landscape painter. He often said, "I'm an impressionist, but impressionism can be informed by modern art."

Joshua Meador Caspar Reef Spray
Caspar Reef Spray
, 24 x 36
Joshua Meador Veiled Morning
Veiled Morning
, 20 x 27

Joshua Meador Bay Frontage
Bay Frontage
, 18 x 24

Joshua Meador San Pedro Boats
San Pedro Boats
, 22 x 30
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