Friday, September 18, 2020

Petrified Wood

Ironstone Vineyard's Heritage Museum now features and outstanding collection of petrified wood.

Visit free of charge, the collection is located just outside the Heritage Museum & Gift Shoppe.


M.P. Hunerlach, 2016

Which minerals produce the colors found in the petrified wood?

Red and Pink colors are produced by the presence of hematite, a form of oxidized iron - Fe2O3. The intensity of the color depends on the quantity of hematite present in the petrified wood.

Ø  Process: Iron dissolves in ground water when no oxygen is present. The ground water becomes re-oxygenated as it moves though the tree trunks causing oxygen to bond with the iron. The iron then precipitates to produce a solid form of iron called hematite. This hematite is incorporated into the log's cell walls. The same process occurs when iron stains porcelain sinks. The soluble iron in ground water becomes oxidized into a solid form when it comes in contact with air, causing a reddish stain.

Yellow, Brown and Orange colors are produced by the presence of goethite - HFeO2 and Fe2O3. Goethite is a hydrated iron oxide that is derived by weathering from iron bearing minerals. It crystallizes into tablets, scales, needles, radial and concentric aggregates.

Green colored petrified wood is produced by pure reduced iron that is a magnetic, malleable mineral. The chemical composition is Fe. Referred to as native iron, it is quite rare in terrestrial rocks but common in meteorites. Native iron combines with chlorophyll to give tree leaves and plants their green colors but rarely attaches to wood cells.

White is produced by pure silica - SiO2. Since silicon, Si, and oxygen, O, are the two most abundant elements in the earth's crust. Silica group minerals are common worldwide. Free silica, SiO2, referred to scientifically as silicon dioxide, occurs most commonly as quartz. Quartz is the principal element of glass. In many respects quartz is the most interesting of all minerals. It has a larger number of distinct varieties with wider differences than any other mineral. Petrified wood, also referred to as silicified wood, is a common illustration of a quartz pseudomorph - wood is slowly replaced, cell by cell, by silica, until not a trace of the original material remains.

Ø  Process: The structural arrangement of silicon and oxygen creates an open bonding structure that permits other ions such as various forms of iron to occupy interstitial positions in the molecule and bond to it, thus producing variations in color.

Organic carbon or pyrite - FeS2 (iron sulfide), the most abundant and widespread sulfide mineral, produces Black. Because it was mistaken for gold it is often called "fool's gold." Pyrite, translated freely, means "fire mineral", a reference to the sparks given off when struck.

Ø  Process: The wood was affected as hydrogen sulfide from decaying organic matter interacted with iron forming pyrite.

Purple and Blue are produced by manganese dioxide - MnO2. This is a secondary material formed when water leaches manganese from igneous rock and re-deposits it as a concentration of manganese dioxide. As a result, it occurs more often as coatings on other minerals than as large crystals. Manganese is very important in the manufacture of steel.

Tan indicates silica dioxide is the predominate replacement mineral. This color is most often seen in permineralized wood. In permineralization, the wood's cell structure is better preserved, giving it the appearance of real wood. It should be noted that not all petrified wood is permineralized. Permineralization also transpires when wood is preserved with calcite rather than silica.  

Ø  How the very fine detail of the cell structure is preserved is not well understood. It would appear that less than cell sized gradients in acidity created very small re-precipitation gradients, replacing the wood on almost an atom by atom basis.

Good Information on the Formation of petrified Wood:



Monday, September 14, 2020

Cuff Links for the Sportsman

Crafted for the avid Sportsman, Designer Chris Chaney has created the Winchester line of fine jewelry.  Officially Licensed by Winchester, an icon of the Gold Rush Era, each of these pieces speaks fine craftsmanship and an eye to detail.
This particular pair of cuff links is cast from a 12 guage bullet end in 14k yellow gold fitted with a genuine diamond center. Total weight of the 2 diamonds is 0.40 cttw.  We only have one pair available originally offered at $2995.00. Now through November, we are marking this piece 25% off. There is only one left, so do call soon to make it yours.

For those of you who prefer Sterling Silver, we do have this same style available cast in Sterling Silver with no diamonds listed at $199.00. Stop by and check them out.

In addition to the cuff links, the Winchester line features pendants and earrings. Stay tuned for more on these fun pieces.

Moving into the holidays, put your best foot forward with these eye catching pieces.  

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Vintage Coins now available

Ironstone Heritage Jewelry Shoppe now has a nice collection of vintage coins available for sale.  Stashed away for several years this collection originally came in as part of an auction lot that Mr. Kautz, Ironstone owner, purchased.  He had his eye on a few vintage tokens for the Museum section which were immediately put on display.  The rest of the lot has remained boxed up and stashed in a corner till #CoronaCleaning brought it back to the surface.  If you are looking for anything specific, drop us an email here at Ironstone and we will get back to you.   In the meantime, enjoy.

Most of the coins are US coins, some quite old and many more recent.  All in very good condition. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Meet Australian Gold Nugget "Fair Dinkum"

"Fair Dinkum" is a nugget found in Australia in 2014. As the story goes, seasoned prospector Mick Brown was a couple of weeks into giving up smoking and was getting grumpy so his wife told him to leave the house for some fresh air.

Six inches beneath the surface, Mr. Brown hit the top of a gold nugget with his detector. "I thought bugger me, it is, it's bloody gold", Mr. Brown said. "I just dug it up, 87 ounces of the good stuff".

The name "Fair dinkum" came about as people left its weight and said, "fair dinkum this is huge".

Mr. Brown finds his nugget quite attractive and says it has "good grooves and moves".  He thought is was silly to be secretive about his nugget and thought it better to let people have a hold. "What am I supposed to do, 'yeah I've found a nugget but you can't look at it'", he said. "It's cool and it's given everyone a good little rev up."

As a result, many replicas have been created to give everyone a chance to see what a great nugget it is.

Come out to Ironstone's Heritage Jewelry Shoppe and take a look at one of Mr. Brown's exact replicas.

Truly as beautiful as Mr. Brown declares.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Missed it!

Ended! Missed this one. Keep an eye out for our next daily special....
Today Ironstone Heritage Jewelry Shoppe is featuring a Hand Crafted piece created by Pottery Artist June Vaughn.

Vaughn #310063 345  $100

This fun piece is a very stylistic turtle. Fired ceramic, this creative piece is hand painted set with tiny beads.  The necklace is adjustable to fit between 15" - 25".  If you are interested in this piece, you may purchase from Ironstone Vineyard's website or give us a call today from now till 3:30pm.  We will offer free shipping if you call today for this piece.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

We are Back!

Ironstone Heritage Jewelry Shoppe is open!  Although we are open this holiday weekend, our regular hours are 10am-4pm Wednesday through Saturday.  Check out our Ironstone facebook page for all the safety steps we are taking for the protection of our guests and staff.  We do ask that you refrain from handling merchandise unless you intend to purchase.  We are required to follow all the guidelines so that we can remain open for you. Help us stay that way! 

We are offering a 25% discount on our fun Winchester 14k Gold jewelry. Cast in 14k Yellow and White Gold from actual bullet ends, these pieces also feature genuine diamonds.  Perfect for the Sports Women in your life.  Come in to see our full line, or go to to shop on line.

Take care, stay safe and come see us soon!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Meet Artist Lynne Sutton

Lynne Sutton
6857 Hwy 26 * P.O. Box 153Mokelumne Hill, CA 9545

O-093 Spring Bloom by Lynne Sutton wc 16x20 $175 SOLD

Lynne Sutton Bio
I have lived in Calaveras County, in the Mokelumne Hill area; for the last 49 years.

I always painted and did other Artistic things while growing up. Things went on hold for a time during child rearing. Later, I took classes in Oil Painting and Pottery at Delta College in Stockton, CA.

Since my retirement from retail; I have more time and am back to painting and mixed media Art. I took lessons for several years from Deborah Marlene, of Mokelumne Hill, and learned the basics of my new medium of Watercolor. 

Painting Removed by Artist. No longer available for sale at Ironstone.

I get a lot of my inspiration from looking at Art Galleries and while traveling.   In April-May of 2019, I joined Deborah Marlene on a two week painting trip to the South of France. 

I often have dreams about my next project,
and can hardly wait to see what happens when implemented. Sometimes I feel they turn out good, and sometimes, not. But, I am still doing what I love to do...ART!

Meet Artist Deborah Marlene

Deborah Marlene

P. O. Box 207

Painting Removed by Artist. No longer available for sale at Ironstone.
Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245


Deborah has been painting since the late 1960’s. Beginning with Acrylics, on to Oils, in the 1970’s, taking several Community College courses in Oils, while raising her family.

In 1996, she found her chosen medium of Watercolors. Deborah studied Watercolors with Lura Francis, of Murphys, for several years. She also attended workshops by many locally known artists, including Martha Wallace, Dale Latenin, and Carolyn McPherson.

Deborah loves bright colors and works to get the most vivid colors that she can achieve in Watercolor. Yupo paper is becoming a favorite of hers due to its ability to show the colors in the purest form. It handles a lot like Alcohol Inks on Tile, which she also enjoys.


Painting Removed by Artist. No longer available for sale at Ironstone
Deborah’s Studio is open one a year for the Calaveras County Artist’s Studio Tour, which runs the last weekend in September. She is a member of the Arts of Bear Valley and CCAC, and shows in many of their events.

Devorah teaches Watercolors and Acrylics in her home Studio. I really enjoy introducing my joy and knowledge of these mediums, to eager to learn students. Classes are tailored to the individual.

To contact Deborah Marlene for classes, you may email:

Meet Artist Tosya Shore

Tosya’s Art Bio

Why would anyone take on the most humbling hobby (next to golf)

Painting???  Right!!!!

T-028 Silly Daffadilly by Tosya Shore wc 18x24 $650   1
It all started for me when I fell in love with a watercolor by Judy Greenberg and bought it … my first original painting. It was fresh, loose and expressive. AND from nowhere, my thought was “I want to learn how to do this!”  What was I thinking??  Clearly I was young and naïve. This was 23 years ago. With no drawing or painting skills, no art history under my belt, wife, mom, and a full time Software Engineer, I took Judy’s watercolor class.

O-068 High Wire by Tosya Shore wc 22x30 $1500 OPEN DIVISION 3RD PLACE
 Long story short, I developed a Love/Hate relationship with watercolors; so exciting, but so darn challenging. What kept me trying was Judy saying “We all have a few HUNDRED crappy paintings to do, so get them out of the way now”.  This definitely gave me the right expectation, so I continued to take classes and stuff some painting into my already busy life.

O-067 Fall Over by Tosya Shore wc 15x22 $800
 Once I learned to just enjoy the process and let go of the result, it became my passion.  And this passion has helped me through some very tough times.  I’m still finding my way though this exciting medium and love discovering.
T-027 Daffy tiptoing through the two lips by Tosya Shore wc 15x22 $625

BTW, I’m a northern California girl born and raised.

Meet Artist Barbara Conley

Barbara Conley

Barbara Conley has been active in the arts since high school. She began art classes in 1970 and began showing and selling her paintings soon after. Although primarily self-taught Ms. Conley has studie3d under such artists and Millard Sheets, Charlotte Britton, Jade Fon, Tom Nicholas, Harry Dunlap & Zoltan Zabo. Her style has developed into a unique statement that reflects her personal feelings about each subject.

Barbara’s paintings are as easily recognizable as a personal signature. The themes she paints, in meticulous detail, are the things that surround us, those which remind us of the passage of time yet continue to surround us in the warmth of familiarly. Barbara has shown extensively throughout California and her paintings are represented in many private collections Her work has won many awards and has been shown in Southwest Art and US Art magazines.

Barbara uses several mediums in the expression of her artistic abilities. Her primary medium is acrylic but she uses it in such a manner her work is often mistaken for oil. Although her acrylic paintings are most familiar she also has shown work done in watercolor, pencil, oil, and charcoal.

Having lived in the San Jose area for many years Barbara now lives in the Gold Country and is taking advantage of the many aged buildings and lovely country scenes. Most of the aged historic buildings will be taken by time and expansion and Barbara would like to capture them on canvas before they are gone forever.

Barbara’s paintings are represented in the prestigious New Masters Gallery in Carmel California.

If you have questions regarding her art work, Barbara can be reached at (209) 532-0207.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Meet Artist Popi Tyler

T-020 Dont-Fence-Me-In by Popi-Tyler mm 22x17 $890
Sonoma County


Popi Tyler

Popi Tyler is honored to be the recipient of the 18th Annual Ironstone Vineyards Family Choice Award, 2015. You can find her poster of yellow daffodils here in the Ironstone Vineyards gift shop.

T-021 Navajo-Trail by Popi-Tyler mm 15x11 $620

Her inspiration for that winning painting, titled Garden District, were the glorious bulbs that are in bloom all around the vineyards grounds.

Popi recalls, “The Family Choice Award is one of my all-time favorite awards because my painting was personally selected by Gail, John, Joan and Stephen Kautz”.

O-103 After  Midnight by  Popi Tyler mm 11x15 $620.

“Aquamedia paints & pencils are thrilling to use … But the happiest part of my artist life, is an almost 10 year tradition of getting together with my group of 8 treasured artist friends on Friday for art support & laughter.”

“I am currently continuing my studies under two great friends and master watercolorist:

Dale Laitinen pf Pioneer California, and

Christopher Schink of Santa Rosa, California

Happy Trails!

Popi Tyler

O-104 Hope Valley by Popi Tyler mm 22x15 $870

Meet Artist Robert Feigen

T-022 Daffodils in Motion by Robert Feigen  acr 16x20 $579


My name is Robert Feigen and I am the Artist that has preformed The Daffodils in Motion painting. I am a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science and in Business Administration. I have been an artist for approximately twenty years and have studied at the Sonora Arts Academy for three years. I am also a current Vice President in the Motherlode Art Association in Sonora/

The Daffodils in Motion Painting is a 16” x 20” Acrylic work of art and is part of a series. It portrays interpretive daffodils flowing freely and serenely in a field of dreams.

I hope you enjoy my painting and will look forward to seeing everyone at the 20202 Artist Reception.


Robert Feigen

Meet Artist Roy Ishii


O-005 Asian Lilies by Roy Ishii  wc 18x24 $350

    I was born in Honololo, Hawaii on March 29, 1942. I attended the local elementary and high schools and then went on to Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana where I completed a bachelor of science degree.  This was followed by four years of medical school at University of California in San Francisco. My medical training continued as an intern at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and two more years as a pediatric resident at Harbor General/UCLA Medical Center.

T-003 Daffodil Armada by Roy Ishii  wc 18x24 $350
    After my medical training was completed, I was inducted into the US Air Force where I served 2 years as a pediatric medical staff officer at Keesler Air Force Base in Bilozi, Mississippi. There, I met and married my wife Gayle.

    Once my military service was done, we moved to Lodi, California where I practiced general pediatrics for 37 years. Our family grew to include two daughters and now 2 grandchildren. Upon retirement in 2010, I had time to pursue some hobbies, one of which was watercolor painting. Fortunately, there were some very good watercolor artists locally (Deanna Hunt, Jeanne Janssen and Andrea Morris) who taught me the basics of watercolor and how to try to control a medium that very often has a mind of its own.

    I continue to enjoy the creative process and hope others might enjoy the work that is produced.

Meet Artist Susan King



T-007 Cascading Sprintime Celebration by Susan King wc 11x17 $595
  Susan King is a 30 year resident of the Murphys and Arnold areas. Now retired from full-time teaching, she has realized exciting new times to focus on her exploration of the visual arts. The wonder of the natural world, which surrounds the Sierra foothills and beyond, is her inspiration.

  Susan uses a variety of mediums and techniques to create unique emotional connections within her work. Water color, pastels, rice and collage papers and printer’s inks are some of the essential components of many of her pieces. “Every painting is a continual learning experience for me, considering the interaction of composition, design and color and materials. The process can be most humbling and exhilarating.”

O-110 El Capitan Glow by Susan King wc 11x17 $350
  Susan has been awarded Ironstone Vineyard’s annual theme division winner of the Obsession Art Show for two years, resulting in their vineyards poster each year. Arts of Bear Valley has selected pieces for support of their Bear Valley Music Fest and Calaveras Big Trees art shows. Art on Main in Murphys displays her originals, giclee prints, and unlimited edition prints. Yosemite Renessance accepted and displayed her work in the National Park.

O-111 Misty Morning in the Valley by Susan King wc 11x17 $350
  A community outreach of the Arts to the children of the Highway 4 communities has meen her passion as well, including art classes presented to the students of Hazel Fischer, Michelson and Mark Twain Elementary Schools.

  Susan recently wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book entitled, -Copper Girl A True Story of a Therapy Dog


Meet Artist Lisa Livingston


O-073 Floral-Tapestry by Lisa-Livingston acrylic 9x12 $400
 Lisa Livingston is an artist from California’s Central Valley, an Area distinguished  by beautiful Gardens, abundant farmlands and flourishing orchards which have deeply influenced her work.  An avid gardener, her paintings are often inspired by bountiful flowers, trees and colors found in nature throughout the year.

O-072 Symphony-of-Spring-by Lisa-Livingston mm 14x11 $600
The art she created features complex patterns of shape and color presenting a unique vision of the natural world. Her acrylic, watercolor and mixed media paintings portray flowers, landscapes and abstract nature forms that reflect the temporal beauty of the seasons and cycles of nature. She often captures a poetic, transcendent quality in her subjects.

O-071 New-Beginnings-by Lisa-Livingston mm 9x12 $400
Lisa’s work has been shown in exhibitions at Filoli, the Carnegie Art Center, and Ironstone Vineyards among other regional venues and is included in private collections.

A Former Art History instructor at both Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus, she now devotes her time to research, painting, photography, and other creative endeavors.

A portfolio of current work is available at

Meet Artist Linda Lawrence

Linda Lawrence

T-009 Stems & Buds by Linda Lawrence  oil 4x12  $125

Always artistic by nature, Linda was constantly drawing as a child, and enjoyed art classes throughout her school years in Soquel and Fresno, California. As an adult, her loveof design was explored through photography, homemade cards, sketches and interior decoration.

O-089 Biking on Six Mile by Linda Lawrence oil 20x20 $325

Linda and her husband, Ron moved to Murphys in 1992, for its inherent natural beauty and small-town lifestyle. As her children grew more independent, Linda was thrilled to begin taking classes through Columbia Junior College, and first studied with Hermione Rios.

O-090 Petal Pushers by Linda Lawrence oil 16x20 $295
Linda paints primarily in water-based oils, which she finds to be user-friendly and a bit healthier overall. Though the years, she has developed a playful, colorful style, and had enjoyed and appreciated the influence  of instructors Diana Boyd, Susie Hoffman, Sunny Sorenson, Eva Walker, and Judy Cain through Town Hall Arts in Copperopolis. She has also taken workshops from Murphys renowned plein air artist Kathleen Dunphy, and Colley Whisson of Australia at Coastal Maine Art Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

T-008 Spring Snow Day by Linda Lawrence  oil 16x20  $295
Linda often shows her work at the Calaveras County Arts Council and was chosen to present a painting in their 2017 show, AnimalScapes. She was also invited to show at the Studio 11 Gallery in Oakland, California in 2018. She currently paints at ArtScapes in Murphys.

Linda is thoroughly enjoying the process of becoming an artist, and the self-expression, freedom, and mindfulness it provides. She considers her fellow artists soulmates and true inspirational treasures.

Meet Artist Victoria Fout

Victoria Fout

T-017 Trumpets in Spring by Victoria Fout  mm 16x20  $400
Life can be very hard so I try to add a splash of color and whimsy by imagining my own fantastical worlds and beings, exploring the duality between fantasy and reality, light and darkness, life and death, expressing emotion, and reimagining nature.  I create fantastical creatures within surreal landscapes using acrylic on canvas as my main choice of medium. I love a colorful palette, and creating different textures so much that in some pieces, I often manipulate and sew raw canvas, include 3- dimensional elements such as fabric and acrylic mediums to elevate the painting experience to bring my fantastical worlds even more to life.

O-088 Textured Tree  by Victoria Fout acrylic 16x20 $400

I grew up in Angels Camp, California. I found my love for rt at Columbia Community college during the most difficult time in my personal life. Art became a life-raft; I found comfort, escape, therapy, and a creative outlet. Art allows me to be me, and express myself. I am now a local artist with a fresh and unique colorful perspective. I earned my BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016. I am currently on of the Gallery Artists showing my work at Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp. My artwork has also been shown at the Calaveras County Art Council, Ironstone Vineyards, Crafty Chicks Road Show, and at the Calaveras County Fair. I also serve as a Board member at the Calaveras Art Council.

Lost within my own darkness I find the colors of expression and joy when I paint. My art is an invitation into my world, welcome.

Meet Artist Ruth Morrow


T-018 Bloomers by Ruth Morrow  wc  28x22 $500

For the past thirty plus years, Ruth Morrow has interpreted the beauties of the Mother Lode in watercolor, collage, oil, acrylic and three-dimensional pieces.

Ruth’s love of art began in her early childhood. When she moved to Laguna Beach she joined the Laguna Craft Guild and Festival of Arts. At Nineteen, she opened her first store selling seashell jewelry et. She and her husband, Arvid, joined the Sawdust Festival where they both displayed their work for thirteen years.

The Morrows moved to the Mother Lode where Ruth joined Arts of Bear Valley, and Art on Main Gallery. Her work has also appeared in the Ironstone Obsession show where her paintings won two poster contests. Her art also has garnered awards in the Frog Jump Pro. Art and in the Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery. Her pieces also have been juried into the KVIE auction for many years.

Ruth is a board member of Calaveras County Arts Council. Open Studio, sponsored by the Council, allows her to present fans with the opportunity to visit her studio in September where her creations can be viewed first hand.

Meet Artist Paula Oesterling


O-027 Dawn Patrol by Paula Oesterling acrylic 24x24 $400


Born in Riverside, California, Paula began her professional art career in high school. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of California at Davis. She has furthered her studies in both California and Hawaii.

She has taught art in public and private schools as well as giving private instruction.

Her artistic endeavors include realistic and representational works in oil, acrylic, graphite, gyotaku, and mixed media.

Paula’s paintings and murals can be found in private collections, schools, and businesses in Michigan, Colorado, California, and Hawaii.

Paula is a member of Main Street Arts Gallery in Martinez, California

She currently paints and resides in northern California

O-030 El Color de Mis Palabras by Paula Oesterling acrylic 12x30 $420


Creating has been a journey of self-discovery. My work reflects my love for Impressionism, the colors, shapes, and emotions of Hawaii, and in mixing form with texture.

Everything I see produces a composition of possibilities in my mind.

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.

Edward Hopper

O-028 Pensive Frida by Paula Oesterling acrylic 24x24 $440

Meet Artist Terry Richardson

O-098 -Lake Alpine Thaw-by Terry Richardson oil 18x24 $600

I began doing art at an early age while in grade school. I can remember spending hours in my room drawing, copying other artist’s work. I studied it formally in High School and college but abandoned it to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and to raise my 2 girls. At some point in my adulthood I mentioned to my husband that I would like to start painting again and that year, for my birthday, he bought me an easel, paints and paint brushes. There was no turning back now! I needed to refresh my skills so I enrolled in an art class through Columbia College taught by Gereon Rios. I was hooked!

O-099 Seattle Sunset-by  Terry Richardson oil 18x24 $600 JUDGES MERIT AWARD
I continue to be inspired by the beautiful world around us and other artists.

Thank you, and enjoy the show.

Terry D. Richardson

Meet Artist Courtney Wise

Courtney Wise

Artist Statement

O-085 Three Tomatoes by Courtney Wise 8x10 acrylic  $275

For as long as I can remember I have loved to create art, take photos, and figure out how things work. My hands are rarely idle. I listen best when I can sit and draw. While attending professional development or sitting in church my notes are covered with little doodles of things I see or things I make up. At is an outlet for me; it is time when I get to sit and think, express things that are going on in my life or just a way to unwind from a busy day.

One of my fondest memories in kindergarten was when my teacher allowed me to stay at the paint easel and create art work past the time when everyone else was finished. From the time I was five I was encouraged to pursue a career in art. With that encouragement and support from my family I continued to draw, paint and sculpt my way into college. I earned a Bachelors of Art in Art Studio from Sonoma State University in 2001. Planning on becoming an art teacher I moved to Sacramento to earn my teaching credential and worked part time, but plans to teach started to change with my desire to own a business.

Scrapbooking has always been a huge passion of mine. I am my family’s photographer. I love capturing moments in time, people’s expressions along with being able to look back at all of the memories. In 2002, I opened Scrapbook Dreams in Stockton, CA which I designed and built from the ground up. I ran and operated my business for three years. It was a dream come true to be able to create my own schedule, create scrapbook pages all day and help others design their memories in an artful way.

I am a person who likes change and a challenge, so after three years of hard work, I sold my business to become a teacher. Teaching has always been a passion; my original plan was to become an art teacher, but I again changed paths because I wanted more job security. I earned my multiple subject teaching credential and have been teaching for eleven years. I also have earned my Masters in Education and am highly qualified in History. I love to bring art and creativity into the classroom and inspire my students imaginations.

O-086 Watching You by Courtney Wise acrylic 12x12 $250
Art is a passion, a past time, an outlet, an expression, and a part of who I am. For me creativity can be found in an old broken-down barn, on my daughter’s face, from a photograph, from a comment, from a cloud in the sky or simply from a thought. I look forward to bringing color to a blank slate that will make a statement, make someone think or question, or bring a smile to someone’s face. Art is and always will be a part of who I was created to be.

Meet Artist Barbara Young

Artist’s Statement by Barbara (Barb) Young

O-018 Downtown Waterfront, Napa by Barb Young wc 12x16 $250
 My early days in art were spent trying to copy cartoons from comic books and doing paint-by-number paintings. For several years my drawings were usually sad and/or gloomy. In my last year of high school I won an Art Scholarship to Sacramento City College. There I took the basic classes in art and learned many good principals that have grown and enlarged in my work since. My parents lacked the resources to help pay for further art studies which meant I had to work and an art career did not materialize. Yet, my art continued to grow and expand in quality and a ‘lightness’ overcame the gloom of my very early art. I feel that my art is a God given talent. I have learned some techniques and enhancements for my art from watching others and just by trying something and making mistakes.

O-017 Pink Dogwood by Barb Young wc 9x12 $250
Landscapes and old buildings have been my primary source of inspiration. I like to sketch with ultra-fine Sharpie pens while on location. I have worked in oil, acrylic, and now my medium of choice is watercolor. I try to capture in my drawings and paintings thee memory of a place by setting down textures, feelings, characteristics; the uniqueness and special quality of that place.

O-020 Courtyard Castle di Armosa, Napa by Barb Young wc 9x12 $250
My painting & drawing style is alive with color and realism. Paintings and drawing are a source of joy and fulfillment for me. Each artwork I complete brings me satisfaction and wonder. “I actually did that!”  I have also been commissioned to do some special paintings, paintings with unique problems and challenges but with God’s help, I was able to complete the painting which proved to be a delight to the recipient as well as to myself.

Paintings by BARB

Barbara Young  209-532-3791