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Taplin Dairy Delivery

Acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″, plus included frame

Taplin Dairy Delivery, 1866

John Orange Taplin bought 200 acres near St. Helena in 1873 and founded a dairy. After his untimely death in 1877, his wife Louisa took over the now 275 dairy ranch. They milked over 100 cows daily and delivered milk to the St. Helena area. The dairy was located on the Silverado Trail south of Pope Street (today Joseph Phelps Vineyards-the Taplin home still exists there) At first there was no bridge over the Napa River at Pope Street. Milk cans were placed in a cable way box and sent across to the waiting delivery wagon. This wagon then delivered in town. The Taplin Dairy ranch was sold to the Lynch Brothers in 1944, ending 74 years of ownership.

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The Old Crane Barn

Watercolor, 22″ x 14″,¬†framed:¬†28″ x 20″

Shirley Tistle

I grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois where I took my first art lesson at the age of twelve from a local watercolor artist in my neighborhood.  There we painted all her knick-knacks, fruits and flowers and my love of painting began.  From that summer I was hooked!  When in High School I took two years of art where we explored all mediums.  I took an honorable mention in a National Art Scholastic contest for my watercolor and ink figure drawing.  I also painted scenery for plays and children’s ballet shows.

I have three children and three grandchildren.  I am now living in Pope Valley with my sweetheart in a small home in the middle of a vineyard with a million dollar view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Awakening to the most beautiful sunrises, seeing the sky change to the sunset and watching the moon rise over the mountains is quite an inspiration.

I am currently enrolled in an art class and am truly inspired by all the artists that I paint with.  Their energy and input is invaluable to me and having Theo Becker with her insights as a teacher has helped focus my direction and sharpen my talents.