One crisp autumn day I went up to Napa with a friend to spend the day photographing and exploring the vineyards and vistas along the quiet wine country roads. Once we got up there we were a little disappointed by the over cast sky having just left the blue skies of San Francisco. I kept thinking how strange the air felt. There was a kind of electricity in the atmosphere that felt weird and somehow not normal. After an hour of shooting we took a break for lunch. Still perplexed by the air quality I asked the waitress if she knew what was going on and that’s when we learned that there was a fire raging near Chico, CA. The fire was just getting started and the smoke was making it’s way south.

We continued photographing the rest of the afternoon not realizing how bad things would become.

Back in the studio, as I was going through the photos of the day, I wanted to share the experience. It got me thinking about how I’m a witness to both the beauty and the effects of climate change on the environment.

Napa landscape painting vineyards
Napa Light, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″
Napa Landscape painting

Afternoon Napa, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

wine country vineyard path painting

Vineyard Path, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

Several of the paintings are now available at Aerena Galleries. This is an ongoing series. Stay tuned for more!