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June Carey - Mendocino -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by June Carey


Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 24"w x 12"h.
Published: March 2011

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Everyone in Northern California is familiar with the coastline in Mendocino County. It is cool and moist like Cleone and Fort Bragg that the region descends upon when it’s hot and dry inland. It is a romantic place of expansive beaches, rocky headlands and crashing surf. The more adventurous try to time their visits to the arrival of storms because the waves can be so huge.

“I’ve found that seascapes are a dream to paint,” confides June Carey. “Because the water is moving and flowing (unlike a static landscape), I have much more freedom in how to paint it. I’m not locked into creating details and can play more with forms and motion. This painting captures MacKerricher State Park in a rare sunny, albeit misty, morning light.”

June Carey
The little farmhouse in Pennsylvania where I grew up was always alive with singing, laughter and a love of the arts. My father, a voice instructor, introduced us to the steady flow of eccentric, larger-than-life characters found in his greatest passion – the dramatic world of the Italian opera. Aida’s rich theme always seemed to be playing in the background as I went in search of a reality I could call my own, escaping into the quiet roar of the singing crickets and song of the meadowlark. I could lose myself in the turquoise twilight magic of a summer evening or breath of sweet fields of winter wheat beneath the rising sliver of a moon. I found my true love and years later found myself longing for the beautiful fields of my childhood, where everything was the way it should be. My passion springs forth through the beauty of the fertile earth, which has always been my real teacher. I began painting full time in 1982, doing my time as a starving artist while raising my young son. I was happy to trade this tragic cliché for the happy success of sell-out gallery shows and award banquets. In 1991, I married maritime artist David Thimgan, and we thrived together. On one late summer afternoon escape, traveling to the Mendocino coast, I discovered the California wine country. I was so happy to have found a place in California that reminded me of my long lost fields of Pennsylvania. I painted my first vineyard scene in 1996 and, as time passed, this interest has taken me to the countryside of Tuscany, where I feel I probably lived in a former lifetime. My Italian opera theme song has never left my heart, and somehow life seems to have come full circle, to connect, again, the passions of my life.


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