The Quicksilver Mine Co.
© Sonoma's Own
Completed during the last few winters, these exuberant paintings focus on familiar trees common to northern California: apple trees, poplars, eucalyptus, oak and cypress. Bursting with color and imbued by the artist with beauty and rawness, they are additionally transformed through the painter's use of figurative form and gesture.
Jerrold Ballaine's career as an artist has evolved over fifty years. After receiving his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in the early sixties, he painted in tandem with other Bay Area Abstract Expressionist artists. In the seventies he turned to sculpture, and as the years passed, continued to work in both mediums.
Since retiring after nearly 30 years from UC Berkeley, he has devoted himself full-time to making art, painting landscapes and the figure, and even more recently returning to figurative marble sculpture.
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A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 4—6pm.