California. watercolor, 5x7" (12x17cm.) This is the very first painting I ever exhibited at an art gallery. I used to paint and draw just for myself, as a hobby I enjoyed on weekends. I painted this watercolor sitting on the deck of this beautiful house in Pinecove we used to own, in 1997. A friend, who is a watercolor artist, insisted I enter a couple of paintings in a South Bay Watercolor Society contest. I did thanks to him, Etti Andreani, and this one got accepted. I had tasted the sweet flavor of shows and exhibitions, and they haven't stopped since then, 14 years ago. Needless to say, this painting is not for sale. I cherish it.