Beringer Brothers & Crew
Oil on canvas, 30″ x 15″, unframed
This photo was taken in 1895 in front of the Beringer Winery as the Beringer brothers posed with their cellar crew. Left to right: three unnamed cellar workers, Jacob, Jacob’s youngest Charles, Frederick, three unnamed cellar workers. Charles Beringer grew up to become president of the winery.
Oil on canvas, 16″ x 12″, unframed
Governor Micheltorena granted Rancho Catacula to Joseph B. Chiles in 1844, comprising 8,545 acres. The Chiles Mill was built largely by William Baldridge (Joseph’s partner) in 1848. A rude wooden block procured from the woods was mortised by Baldridge into a tub wheel. A shaft running from this was connected to one of the grinding stones. The building was fashioned from locally sourced materials. The building is gone today.
Oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″, unframed
This beautiful Spring Mountain winery was built by Fortune Chevalier, the French owner of a large San Francisco liquor enterprise. Born in France in 1815, he came to America in 1850. He came to St. Helena in 1887 and built the winery on his 191 acre Spring Mountain ranch. Fortune did not enjoy his chateau very long as he died in 1889, the property passed to his son George.
Paulson Home, Pope Street
Oil on canvas, 10″ x 20″, unframed
Anna Moos Leuthold was born in Switzerland and came to St. Helena in 1867 when she was 5 years old with her family. The German Louis Paulson came to St. Helena in 1881 and soon met Anna—they married in 1884. They settled on Pope Street on 13 acres which straddled Sulphur Creek and raised nine children. Louis died in 1919, so Anna ran the farm (with help from her children) that included a vineyard, orchard, garden, cabinet shop and home. She was a talented musician who could play several instruments, a knack she passed to her son Willard. Anna died in 1946 at age 84.
Born in San Diego, grew up in a beach town, 200 yards from the ocean. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I drew cartoons for “The Daily Aztec” newspaper at San Diego State from 1962-1966.I had a weekly comic strip in a local paper for a few years in the early ‘80s.
I usually paint rather realistic-looking still-lifes and figurative pieces, but more impressionistic-looking landscapes.
Many times, I approach painting with a cartoonist’s frame of mind.
My wife Janice and I moved to St. Helena in 1993, where I finished my 31-year career as a Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.