Power Plants

Between 1999 and 2001, I painted a series of power plant pictures. Initially, I was drawn to the Encinas Power Plant near my home in Carlsbad, CA. I liked its simplicity (I wasn't using the projector at that time), and being sandwiched between the Agua Hedionda lagoon and the Pacific Ocean guaranteed that water would be in the scene. At one point I was intrigued about painting blue on blue, water and sky, and throwing in the power plant provided an anchor. I played with texture and shading, and this helped me to become more comfortable with the oil medium.

It was also during this period that I began visiting Morro Bay regularly, and their power plant had three stacks! "Brown Beach in Morro Bay" was my first painting there, and though I think of it as primitive (and there's damage in the center foreground), I particularly like how the power plant looks in it.

I've returned to these locations through the years and hope to again. Sadly, these iconic structures are thought of as eyesores on the coast, and both plants are being threatened with future removal.

Encinas Power Plant #1
1999 • 48 x 30


Detail from Encinas Power Plant #1

Encinas Power Plant #2
1999 • 48 x 30

Encinas Power Plant #3
1999 • 48 x 30


Detail from Encinas Power Plant #3

Encinas Power Plant #1
1999 • 48 x 30

Encinas Power Plant – aerial view
1999 • 48 x 36


Detail from Encinas Power Plant – aerial view

Across Agua Hedionda
1999 • 36 x 18


Detail from Across Agua Hedionda

Brown Beach in Morro Bay
2001 • 36 x 18


Detail from Brown Beach in Morro Bay

Beach in Morro Bay
Michael & Jordonna Dores
Morro Bay, CA
2002 • 36 x 18


Studay for "Coming into MB Harbor"
2005 • 14 x 11


Power plant in the corner of the harbor
2007 • 24 x 30


Coming into MB Harbor
2012 • 14 x 11


Detail of Coming into MB Harbor

Carlsbad Flower Fields #6
2013 • 40 x 30


Detail from
Carlsbad Flower Fields #6