A layered landscape


e New Cliffs

I love this area of Sunset Cliffs, one of six paintings I’ve done over the years at the same spot. These cliff formations and the sea have been a place I’ve been drawn to most of my life. This particular area has a history that few know of. There is now a light being shown on San Diego’s mystical history started in the late 1800’s by people like Katherine Tingley, Madame Blavatsky, Jesse Shepard and others. As a boy I made money tending gardens. One of those gardens was on John St. in Point Loma. During breaks I would look over the back fence and into the wooded area of the old Theosophical Institute. It was such a dense and beautiful forest with the late sunlight beaming into it from the west, with lots of birds and a grand owl. There were other secret magical sites we kids knew of by urban legend about the “Point” and would visit. The old Theosophical Institute property was at that point owned by Cal Western University.

oil on panel 32″x32″


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4 Responses to A layered landscape

  1. I love the colors and composition. Very nice!

  2. Thank you Maggie, I never tire of that view. It changes continually with the time of day, weather and tide, quite a beautiful show!

  3. katelon says:

    I didn’t know that the Theosophical institute started there. It went up to Ojai later didn’t it?

  4. I believe theosophy has a varied history, and has been in different locals in the US and Europe. Yes, this branch has many names, Theosophical Society Point Loma, Lomaland, Theosophical institute and Madame Tingley’s are some I know.

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