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Trout Stream near Calistoga  

Oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″, unframed

Trout Stream near Calistoga  

This photo is Mayacama Creek at the north end of Knight’s Valley in Sonoma County. Mayacama Creek runs into the Russian River four miles east of Healdsburg. Mayacama Creek and all its major tributaries all supported steelhead trout. (Information courtesy Sharpsteen Museum of Calistoga History)

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The Kiss of Winter

Oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″, unframed

Mt. St. Helena in Snow    

Mount Saint Helena (Wappo: Kanamota, “Human Mountain”) is a peak in the Mayacamas Mountains with flanks in Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties of California. Composed of uplifted 2.4-million-year-old volcanic rocks from the Clear Lake Volcanic Field, Mount Saint Helena is the highest point in the San Francisco Bay Area watershed, and its East Peak is the high point of Napa County. It is one of the few mountains in the San Francisco Bay Area to receive any snowfall during the winter. The snow usually melts in a day.

Ever had that itch to try something you’ve never done before in your retirement? I did! After 5 years of retirement filled with skiing, playing tennis and trying to make sense of the financial markets, I decided to take acrylic painting lessons in January 2005 with my wife, Sue, from Jakki Kouffman, a noted Santa Fe acrylic artist. I always felt I had a latent, but keen sense of color and graphic composition. After ten years of concentrated training with Jakki, Don Ward of Taos, NM, Robert De Leon of Santa Fe, NM and most recently, Theo Becker of the Napa Valley, I have centered my art interest to realistic landscapes using water soluble oil paints. I aspire to the breathtaking portrayals by New Mexican artists Wilson Hurley, Peter Hagen, Grant MacDonald and Irby Brown (my heroes) as well as classical impressionist Claude Monet and expressionist Georgia O’ Keeffe.

My passion for painting is driven from achieving a “humbling level” in my work of the beauty God has bestowed on the landscapes of many parts of the world. I especially enjoy painting skies, sunsets, sunrises, water, reflections on water, mountains – any landscape with drama. In my former working life I was an executive of The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia and the California wine industry where I was president of Sterling Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean and Lyeth Winery. I resided eleven years in Santa Fe after retiring and now live full time in St. Helena where Sue’s family is involved in the wine business (Retro and Dunn Vineyards) and real estate development. I am available for commissions and sale of my work at 707-967-9227 or gjdelucca@aol.com.

My work can be viewed at website, www.gregdelucca.com

Greg De Lucca

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