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Capitola, California

Oil on Canvas, 22 X 26 in.

I painted this scene while living in Santa Cruz, California around the age of thirty. At the time, I was primarily painting, working odd jobs, and just beginning to get involved in Eastern philosophy, particularly Advaita Vedanta, as a student of one of Ramana Maharshi's disciples, Bhagavan Nome. It was much later in my life that I would study Buddhism and incorporate the idea of reincarnation, past lives, and karma.

For three days, at early dawn, I brought my easel to this quiet beach town near Santa Cruz. It was important that the light be the same each time I painted it, and so had to keep coming back each day at the same time. I have heard that Capitola now it isn't such a quiet beach town, so I am glad I got to capture the soft essence of it back in the mid-80's.