Now open in our new West Berkeley home
~ 2100 FIFTH STREET (corner of Addison) ~
In May 2015, after 10 years at 5510 Doyle St. in Emeryville, the Gallery had to move when the building we occupied was sold. We then relocated to a temporary space just across the street, while we sought out a new, more suitable retail location for the gallery. What turned out to be a rather difficult search had an exceedingly happy ending—we found a new home for not just the gallery but the entire business! We have taken the whole operation to West Berkeley. Our new building is larger and better-located — in the bustling Fourth Street shopping area — with more space for every part of the business, including the gallery.
Contemporary northern California landscape paintings — beautifully framed
“Now is the time to restore our dedication to landscape painting… To paint the landscape is one of the most ancient of human endeavors. Landscape is surely the most supreme of art subjects. Nature is always with us and indeed it is within us….
(She) is indeed our mother and we turn to her when we need respite.” — Jean Stern
One of the most rewarding experiences for a framer is collaborating directly with artists whose work he especially responds to, and who appreciate the power of frames to enhance their pictures. With a particular emphasis on contemporary northern California plein air and landscape painting, Holton Studio Gallery celebrates the beauty of nature and life in harmony with it. We are proud to be presenting these outstanding artists—and love framing their work! Every piece is original and signed.
We invite you to browse these pages — or better yet, to come see the work in person. Our gallery is a quiet, no-pressure place open to all who love this especially beautiful region.
Favorite examples of framing we’ve done for the gallery over the years may be found in the Portfolio, here…
The Holton Studio Print Gallery
Beautiful signed and editioned block prints by Yoshiko Yamamoto, and Edward S. Curtis photogravures by Mountain Hawk Prints. View…
Kevin's preferred subjects are small intimate details of the landscape, rather than broad vistas, inspired often by the glowing effects of grasses and foliage illuminated from behind in the late afternoon or early morning.
Currently Director of Photography at Pixar, Sharon Calahan is an international star in computer graphics and animation. Having spent her career in film studying the effects of light and color to enhance beauty and mood, in recent years she has been traveling northern California and Oregon transferring this knowledge to landscape painting.
Our only pastel artist, Bill Cone has been painting landscapes for the last 2 decades. When he's not at his day job doing lighting studies at Pixar, he's often in the East Bay hills, with yearly pack trips into the Sierra Nevada. Bill impresses one and all with his extraordinary ability to capture the play of light.
A powerful sense of mood combined with the technical expertise of a seasoned painter have earned Kevin Courter a place at the top of the California landscape painting scene.
This Marin County painter, working both in plein air as well as in the studio, has developed an exceptionally astute eye for the varieties of light of northern California.
The southern-most of our northern Californians, Mark focuses on the Monterey Bay area where he resides, but travels afield too. A prolific painter, he's driven by a love for the land powerfully evident in his accomplished paintings.
With an astonishing command of the craft of painting, Robert Flanary evokes the sensitive harmonies of the tonalist tradition and the Hudson River School with profoundly still but highly affecting and timeless landscapes.
Paul Kratter's explorations of the western landscape are a fresh contribution to the California plein air tradition. An intrepid and prolific artist with a growing and well-deserved following.
Richard’s paintings betray that winning combination of humility before the natural beauty of the landscape and a unique and inspired response. Having studied art for his whole adult life, his work is nonetheless rooted in a sensitivity and feeling for composition and color that can only be cultivated, not taught.
Since falling in love with Yosemite at an early age, James McGrew has been honing his painting skills in capturing the Park’s magnificent natural beauty.
Exceptionally fluid brushwork and beautiful color sense evoking the tonalists of a century ago distinguish the canvases of this veteran California painter now living in Sacramento.
Using her mastery over the difficult medium of watercolor, Robin Moore's work reflects a powerful and deeply felt affinity for the places and subjects she paints.
Originally from Southern California, where he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ernesto came to the Bay Area in 2002 to work as a digital painter at Pixar. Steeped in classical painting traditions, his landscapes embrace an impressionistic feel that celebrate color and design, capturing ephemeral moments of light and space.
Born in Marin County, Carol Peek credits the beauty of the local landscape for her decision to become an artist. In 1989 she began documenting in paint the quickly disappearing agricultural landscape in Marin and Sonoma counties, focusing on the family farms that once covered the area. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums from San Francisco to New York City for the past 25 years.
Though his primary interest is in contemporary non-objective or abstract imagery, he enjoys sketching plein-air and accurately recreating the techniques and style of late 19th and early 20th century landscape painters.
Poetically capturing the vibrant spirit of the California landscape, Erik’s work reflects his strong admiration and appreciation for the Old Masters.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi moved to New York in 1993. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 1998, he started his career as a staff illustrator for Lucas Learning, Ltd. in San Francisco.