ENCOURAGING PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN THE MONTEREY BAY AREA

Artist Profile: Murray Wagnon    

Growing up in the central coastal region of California, I gained exposure, at an early age, to the art colonies and galleries of Big Sur, Carmel, and San Francisco. As a teenager I explored the colony of Artists, Writers, and Musicians living in the houseboats along the waterfront of Sausalito. It was on one of those houseboats, shared by Alan Watts, and Artist Jean Varda, that I first decided I wanted to be an artist. Watching the creative process as Varda built his monumental sculptures made of found objects, such as discarded cable spools, rusty machine parts, and old cans of house paint, I was struck by the feeling that this was the most natural way for a man to live. It was during those years that I began to take creative art workshops from local artists, and artisans.


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