Jane Hofstetter's Art Gallery

Harland Hand [1922-1998], inspired by the principles of fine art and rock formations in the High Sierra, designed this hillside garden with breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay.

Using concrete, curving lines and dramatic color combinations, Hand created an emotionally evocative space that houses an extraordinary plant collection.

"Take some time before composing a sketch to find some things that each of the elements in the scene have in common. If they don't seem related, find a similar color, value, shape, direction or texture that you can add to each to tie the parts together." (Jane Hofstetter's Seven Keys to Great Paintings)

Ms. Hofstetter transforms personal observation and some of her own and the owner's photos into a painting that captures the poetry of the garden. Borrowing from different locations in the garden and different seasons, the new view emerges in "Garden Visitors"

"Garden Visitors"

Courtesy Jane Hofstetter

Courtesy Jane Hofstetter

After a December storm, this egret appeared in the garden, hoping for a fish

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