“I have, over the years, amassed a wonderful collection of reference on the mission from my many trips and research,” says artist June Carey of “Little Old Mission by the Sea, Circa 1940” . “Today, the buildings and their gardens are beautiful, but when you look at photos taken 70 years ago, there was even more magic. The facades weren’t as restored as they are today, so the basilica and out buildings have a bit more of that character you’d expect from structures as old as these. You also had the chance to see more of the buildings then than you can today, especially from some of the most pleasing angles. I am tempted at times, when I visit, to make the request of cutting back some of that lush growth to reveal more of the Mission, but I have a good idea of what the response would be to that!”
Artist June Carey has received numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes, including the Arts for the Parks Region II Award in 1997 and 1998. She painted her first wineyard scene in 1996 and, as time passed, this interest has taken her to the countryside of Tuscany and Spain…. more
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