This project was inspired by my artistic journey as a painter. After years of painting people, I found new inspiration in painting the land. Our land is timeless and bears witness to every person who ever traveled through. As I studied Mother Nature, I was reminded of human nature and how short our life spans in relation to the natural world. We are as infinitesimal as ants, but our actions can cast a long shadow.
I paint what I know and love. My fascination with nature brought my work back to people and how they relate to each other and the land they call home. For more information please visit www.HolliHarmon.com.
Tina Love-The Videographer
Tina Love formed Quastra Productions a Santa Barbara based production company with her husband, Michael Love, in 2011 after having collaborated on two feature documentaries, a feature dark comedy and her short that each premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival between 2006 and 2011. Their work collectively and individually has screened at several film festivals and on television. “Destroying Angel” which Tina wrote & directed won the CCFS best feature award at San Luis Obispo's International Film Festival (2011) as well as a gold medal award at Park City Film Music Festival. Her film credits can be found at IMDb:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2589792/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Tina continues to write screenplays and develop her own movie projects, yet is very excited to be involved with and to help bring to light the fascinating people in our community featured in Portraits of the Central Coast.
Katherine is a writer and landscape painter working in California and the Southwest. She studied with visual anthropologist John Collier, Jr. at San Francisco State University and at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is a member of SCAPE. She has also enjoyed a career in archaeology, with a focus on the Channel Islands.
Writing for "The Portraits of the Central Coast" project is a wonderful way to help celebrate our extraordinary neighbors and their day to day contributions, providing a sense of the unfolding history of our region, and illustrating the connections between all of us.
Monica Wiesblott-The Photographer
Visiting museums and perusing National Geographic magazines as a child created some of Monica Wiesblott’s earliest memories; the allure of far off places. Born in Los Angeles, by the age of seven she was handed a 110 camera and so began the journey into image-making. Inspired by the work of social documentary photographers, Monica realized that recording culture is what fueled her passion and set her wandering. In 1992 Ms. Wiesblott was selected as a delegate to represent the United States in China, for a conference on Motism. Ms. Wiesblott was a member of the press and photographed the opening of Getty Center in Los Angeles and in 1999 she worked with pygmy mammoth specialist to document paleontological findings from the local Channel Islands. Ms Wiesblott has studied studio art and art history in Europe and Asia and completed a “round the world trip” beginning in Nepal. Ms. Wiesblott currently exhibits her photography and printmaking both in the US and internationally.