For the past five months, I've been working on a new series – and am very excited to launch it as a project to benefit the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, a very special place on the central coast of California where I live.
This first collection includes 66 three-dimensional floating tiles depicting plants, trees and grasses of the preservation area.
The tiles will be available for purchase at "Songs of the Season," an event on Saturday, Dec. 9, in Cambria. After that event, I'll have them at my studio gallery in Cambria until sold out.
All proceeds from the first 66 tiles will be donated to the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.
Inspiration for the series came as I prepared my capstone project to be certified as a California Naturalist through the University of California. The program, designed to advance stewardship of the natural environment, was held at Camp Ocean Pines and included study of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and nearby areas.
I wanted to focus on the Ranch environment because it is basically my backyard. I am so grateful to live in a home that backs up to the Ranch, and I walk the trails there almost daily with my husband and our two dogs.
Our hikes often take us past dedicated volunteers who maintain the trails and battle the invasive plants (such as the Bull Thistle) that encroach upon native species. As we romp by the hard-working weed-pullers with our dogs in tow, it's easy to feel a little sheepish.
This project is a way of expressing my gratitude for the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and to acknowledge the volunteers who help take care of this treasure for all of us.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds on this series of 66 floating tiles will go to Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. The project will be unveiled at "Songs of the Season" on Saturday, Dec. 9. Tickets available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce or at the FFRP Office, 604 Main Street in Cambria. More info at: Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.