Paintings of Catalina Island
by Snake Jagger
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For the last 18 years or so, I have been going to Avalon, on Catalina Island, to do the annual arts festival there. It is one of my favorite places to do an art show as well as to just be. It's a magical place and full of very talented people. I look forward every September to getting out of the heat of the desert where I live and getting on that boat in San Pedro, we always take the boat that goes to Two Harbors before finally landing in Avalon. I always enjoy the view of the island from one end to the other, taking pictures year after year, hoping to find a few good ones that I want to paint. So, over the years I have amassed a collection of images that I thought would finally make a good little book for anyone who would like to enjoy and share my visions of Catalina Island. To all of the locals and people who have welcomed me and my crew to Avalon with open arms, as well as all of my friends who continue to stop by and say hello, I am truly grateful to be a part of the Catalina Arts Festival for the last 18 years, or so.
I have been drawing and painting since I was six years of age. Without any formal training, I guess you can say I am a self taught artist. And though I dabbled in art throughout my life, I did not get serious about it until I was about 25 or so. I have since developed my own unique style of portraying the desert southwest that I have come to love. My early influence's include such masters as Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Hart Benton, and modern influences such as Peter Max, Noble Richardson, MC Echer, and my personal favorite, Rene Magritte. These days I spend a lot of time doing what I love to do, creating my manicured landscapes, incorporating a touch of whimsy and surrealism. Along with the desert, I enjoy painting space scapes and scenes with a Mediterranean flavor, like regions such as the Greek islands or Vineyards of Tuscany. My work can be viewed by going to my web site at snakejagger.com. I hope you enjoy my visions of the desert landscape that I call home.