In learning about art all across America, I have had the most wonderful conversations with Artful Home artists. The influences on their work are widespread, from nature to nurture, culture to isolation.
I begin the journey in my own backyard, the San Francisco Bay Area. It is to this area that I first migrated in the early 70’s, initially because of the openness to creative thinking and living. When I entered the California College of the Arts (and Crafts, as it was then known, now CCA) I was introduced to an extraordinary group of Bay Area artists, whose influence continues today. Marvin Lipofsky, Viola Frey, Jack Mendenhall, Trude Guermonprez, Michael McClure, Lillian Elliot and Nance O’Banion were among the leaders in their fields. Between the energy at CCA, the Bay Area Figurative Art movement at the San Francisco Art Institute and at UC Berkeley, and the new craft revivals at Cal led by Peter Voulkos and Ed Rossbach, the area was teeming with energy.