I have lived on Pacifica beach south of San Francisco for 14 years, observing the ever-changing ocean light and atmosphere. In 2011 I began experimenting with some ocean art canvases, which became my Pacifica series. This was a departure for me, as the figure had been my primary subject. My early beach paintings were very minimal and meditative in mood. They explored the tension of the horizon, light and weather. I painted 15 of these large oil paintings, satisfied with only 4-5. I returned to the Pacifica series in 2014. My intent with this new Pacifica work is to abstract the ocean imagery, thus taking it out the “landscape” category. I want the paint to communicate the texture, color, light, movement and smell of the ocean.