Sunday, October 13, 2019


 It is eclectic. My first love is abstract and impressionistic art, but I do representational art as well. I am especially moved by the local nature of California’s coast: the ocean with all of its changing light, majesty and beauty, coastal and tropical botanicals and palm silhouettes of all kinds.

It is about imagination and experimentation. Intentional camera movement technique (ICM) while shooting creates light paintings that are captured as I move the camera while taking the shot. Abstracts have also been shot inside of a mylar shopping bag or created from reflections in a puddle after the rain. A curling piece of bark becomes an ocean wave calling local surfers.  Agave Cacti become seascapes when turned on their sides.

It has a contemporary look.
I print my images on various substrates: on acrylic sheets; on large canvases finished with epoxy, or brushed aluminum gallery wraps.  All are very contemporary looks. On the metal wraps, the brushed aluminum shows through giving the images a depth and a metallic shimmer that I love. The canvas with epoxy is a gorgeous finish!   

I was born and raised in the spectacular natural beauty of Alaska. Nature and the environment still inform the work that I do as an artist today. I left as a young adult hungry for exposure to urban environments and the arts and culture they have to offer that I missed as a child. Currently, I live and create in Carlsbad, California near the Pacific Ocean. I am largely a self-taught artist and creative. When I retired from the workaday world in 2015, I experimented with a variety of media and eventually settled on digital photography and mixed media as my primary modes of expression. Using everyday experiences as a starting point, I directly respond to the present circumstance and moment, not knowing exactly what my camera lens will capture. It is with the alchemy of imagination, experimentation,  and editing that the visual gift emerges. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019


My work seeks to explore intimate and difficult subjects around which we thrive or die.
Diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 2018 I picked up acrylic paint and canvas to hide
away my fear and anger, to cry out with great joy over newness and hope, and to express
abstractly how I was living out this disease. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that I am a
passionate and emotional man, living with great faith in a world that eludes common sense.

“Cancer made me do it” is the best why for my work, and a miracle from God immersed me in a
world of color, texture and raw emotion that explains how. Each time I stand before a canvas I
am flooded with an awareness of our physical and spiritual journey, and my hands form the
paint and canvas to bring that awareness to the surface so that we can share and converse
over these most wondrous gifts.

Creating what I feel allows you to see my spiritual and emotional journey so that we might share
and come closer together. Painting immerses me in both my time and God’s time, and every
work expresses an abundance of truth about my life that I hope will cast light upon your own.

Friday, June 28, 2019


Tony Gywnn

Recently featured on Fox Sports telling the story of Michael Rosenblatt one of the original artists of Artists Alley. Back in the day, we were nine artists who filled the spaces with art and music. The tradition stays alive with the First Friday Art Walk.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

JUNE 13, 7:30 PM
O'side Bakery Oceanside
Presented by the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation

Born and raised in France, I moved to San Francisco at the age of 22, in search of adventure and broader horizons. As a child, I carried my father’s equipment while he filmed and photographed the places we visited in Europe. I have been traveling since, with a camera as my best friend.

I learned the intricacies of the darkroom with a San Francisco fashion photographer. I became familiar with the computer world while I worked as a Research Librarian at QUALCOMM. Since 1987, I have lived in Leucadia, a small beach town in North County San Diego.
In 2008, I started a project documenting how women were represented in different countries through the mannequins living behind store windows. It soon turned into an art form, as I used the reflections off the glass of the stores to create surreal, multi-layered images. I like to spend time in large cities here and abroad, walking in the streets, searching for their urban essence through architecture, street art, and store mannequins.
If you wish to see more of my work, I would be very pleased to hear from you. I can be reached by email at:

The exhibition runs from June 11 - August 11, 2019 

Thursday, March 21, 2019


OPENING APRIL 18. 7:30 PM - 9:30 pm

Cheryl Ehlers was raised in Europe, and currently resides in North County, Carlsbad, CA. Her creative process is reflective of mental imagery and emotions. She enjoys allowing the mind to take over the art during the process, capturing a flash in time that morphs a thought, and transforming it into art. Her works are bold, colorful and vary in styles. A majority of her art is published and she has painted for Independence Peace Day, “Silent Beauty”, United Nations, (UNESCO) Paris, FR; “Gator on the Bay”, San Diego, CA; “Sail into San Diego”; TICA; Cure for Cancer, Maui, HI.; “Reach for the Stars”, Auckland, NZ, and recently for The Ocean Agency, “Hypnotic Movements”, in support of programs protecting the coral reefs. Presently, working as an Arts Program Assistant for the City of Encinitas.

 Ehlers has a BA in Commercial Textile Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan, NY. She has broad interests, and in 2009, she founded The Stardust Arts and had taught over 11,250 under-served youth the fundamentals of creative art. The program is solely funded by local grants and is recognized by the California State Assembly and the San Diego Board of Supervisors. She collectively has published chronicles on genealogy and biographical histories which are housed in public libraries in Texas, Georgia, Illinois, New York, The National Archives in Washington, DC, Wisconsin and New Zealand. (1997-2014).

She is a published visual artist, awarded recognition by the California State Assembly and the San Diego Board of Supervisors for her accomplishments in art in local communities (2009, 2010). In 2014 she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association CA, for her curative efforts with the community emerging artists. She has been awarded numerous Visual Art grants, and continues to pursue her efforts to reach out and education the public on art. “Art at its best is creative, imaginative, and a valuable universal language”.

Visit her website at , Video: “Pieces of Jazz” at

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Susie Zolghadri

I was born and raised in the green mountains
of Vermont. Memories of my childhood always
bring me back to nature. The early flowers and
birds that welcome spring, the luscious green

leaves and warm nights of summer, the beautiful,
magical colors of autumn and the white snows
of winter. I currently reside in San Diego, California
and find myself surrounded once again with
nature. Mountains, desert and ocean inspire me
to continue creating.