Contemporary Northern California landscape paintings —
“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.
In our mission to cultivate the long and rich tradition of California landscape painting, The Gallery hosts not only show openings but also educational events, including painting demonstrations, lectures, and panel discussions. Check out our events schedule page…
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 Henry Evans, Edward S. Curtis photogravures by Mountain Hawk Prints, and 19th century Japanese prints. View…
Over the years we’ve enjoyed many opportunities to frame significant historical paintings. In great part through collaboration with our friends and neighbors at North Point Gallery, we offer a variety of work by painters such as Thomas Hill, William Keith, Percy Gray, Gilbert Munger, and Edwin Deakin. 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.
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.
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.
Ellen Howard works primarily in oils, studying landscape and marine subjects on location. Thus allowing her to be outdoors, taking in the nuances, beauty and diversity of Northern California.
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.
Tia has worked for Pixar since 1993. When she’s not at work, Tia spends her time painting watercolors—doing her best to keep computers as far away as possible. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association.
Jane Kriss has over thirty years of experience in the visual arts, with a career spanning graphic design, fabric design, fine art, and illustration.
Richard’s paintings reveal 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.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Kim Lordier's acclaimed pastel landscapes combine keen sensitivity to quality of light and masterful use of color. She’s happy in all the varied landscapes of her native state, from the coast to the valleys, to the desert and the mountains.
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.
Davis Perkins's unusual background—he has had a long career not only as an artist but also as a smokejumper, firefighter, paramedic, and international relief worker—has embued him with the extraordinary powers of perception and passion for the beauty of life expressed through his landscape paintings.
Though his primary interest is in contemporary non-objective or abstract imagery, Paul enjoys sketching plein-air and accurately recreating the techniques and style of late 19th and early 20th century landscape painters.
Drawing and sketching is a key foundation in Barbara’s sensitive watercolors. Her energetic Plein Air urban and seascape paintings are finely drafted perspective driven works.
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.