Salvestrin Winery Gate in Winter
Oil on canvas, 30″ x 20″, unframed
George Belden Crane bought this property south of St. Helena High School in 1859. At first he owned 500 acres bounded by Sulphur Creek, Main Street and Sulphur Springs Road. Dr. Crane planted the first grapes for wine here. The Crane home and the land around it remained in the family until 1928.
The McPike heirs sold the land to Emil Fardin in 1928, who sold to Walter & Bessie Larkin in 1930, who sold to John and Emma Salvestrin in 1932. This historic image of the gates to the estate is believed to date from the Crane-McPike era.
Shady Brook Farm Resort
Oil on canvas, 24″ x 20″, unframed
Shady Brook Farm was located in Calistoga on Lincoln Avenue. It was founded in 1905 by Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Lerner from Germany, who bought the 20 acre farm. Jacob was a trained chef so the restaurant was well known and could accommodate 60 guests. Adding the first cottage in 1910, by 1930 the resort had 25 cottages and could hold 75 guests. There was also a large orchard. In 1921 Lerner sold the business to Karl Schmid of Santa Rosa. The photo is from 1921.
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.