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Olivenhain Artist

Published April 5, 2002, Del Mar Times

He’s painted the flora and fauna of Australia and sketched the Europe of Van Gogh and Monet, but for his latest inspiration local artist Grant Pecoff discovered there’s no place like home.

In January, Pecoff began travelling the coast, sketching and photographing scenes from San Diego to Crescent City.

“After September 11, I realized I wanted to get to know my neighbors and experience the diversity of California,” says Pecoff, a native of Olivenhain.

The “California Coastal Series,” will be on display at the Del Mar Plaza from March 29 through April 24 where Pecoff has rented space. The artist will host a reception, open to the public, on Satuday, April 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The show will include scenes of the pier in Pismo Beach, the wharf in Monterrey, fishermen of Moro Bay, The Stinking Rose restaurant in San Francisco, Napa Valley, and perhaps a scene of Del Mar.

Since his return in the beginning of February, Pecoff has been painting feverishly.

Eleven canvases are complete, but Pecoff will be displaying 14 or 15 in the show. “I’m going to have to paint some on site,” he laughs.

“From the golden beaches of San Diego, the cultural diversity of San Francisco and the towering redwoods of the Northern coast, California has always signified open dreams and endless possibilties,” says Pecoff. And his vivid, bold, colorful, quirky style represents those ideals well.

The 28-year-old is one of those rare breeds of artists who earns his living as an artist. “It takes drive, and the knowing that you can do anything you want to in this world,” he says.

Supportive family has also been important to Pecoff, whose parents always emphasized the limitless possibilities of life. “My father was sort of a mad scientist and entrepreneur.”

Success also takes talent, and business sense, and from all accounts Pecoff has that as well. His European series recently sold out, and he pre-sold several paintings in his upcoming California show.

Pecoff will also release five or six paintings from his current show as limited edition prints, offering afficionados of his work another avenue for collecting.

Pecoff is well known for his paintings of wildlife, and he sells prints of his work in zoos nationwide.

Although Pecoff studied in San Francisco, he credits time at Palomar College with giving him the experience with painting and fostering his desire to be an artist.

Samples of Pecoff’s works can be found at his website http://www.GrantPecoff.com.

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