- One evening many years ago, the light was perfect as my artist husband and I set out on a photo adventure, says artist June Carey. I drove into the Sea Ranch entrance and down around the bluffs, where we discovered a path. After running along the bluffs with our cameras, in and out of cypress forests and through blackberry bushes, the path opened into a beautiful cove, drenched in the last hour of golden sun. Because of the many recent storms, there was, in the protection of the cove, a wondrous accumulation of driftwood, knocking back and forth like an orchestra of wood percussion instruments as the waves flowed in and out. We climbed down onto the beach and took hundreds of photos. As each wave came and went, the wood was completely rearranged. I have painted this scene several times over the years.
- The Artist
- Born in Takoma, Maryland, June enjoyed many hours with her family visiting The Smithsonian and The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In 1984 she began painting full-time. As a self-taught artist she says "I just learned everything the hard way."
June has recieved numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes, including the Arts for the Parks Region II Award in 1997 and 1998. Like many Californians, June started out on the East Coast. As a teenager, she came to California. In the 1980s Carey found herself painting desert scenes and became known for this, and participating in a lot of Western art shows and competitions. Then she met her husband David Thimgan, a historical Marine artist. The two began to enjoy frequent trips to the beautiful northern California coast together and before long June began painting vineyards as well as water.
"A large part of what drives me to paint is a passion to create a place I want to be. No place on earth is more inviting to me than the wine country of Northern California. The vineyards I paint become mine." - June Carey
June is a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists and an Artist Member of the Californian Art Club.