features 14 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE
Take a 15-acre farm dedicated to growing garden roses. Tuck it in the foothills above the Pacific. The result is Rose Story Farm, a family-run operation which incorporates tours, lectures and workshops into the business of growing.
26 BEACHSIDE AND THE LIVING IS EASY Since 1937, the Taylor family’s beach bungalow has
sparkled in the sand. This architectural gem was designed by noted landscape architect Lockwood de Forest and its classic lines and ship-inspired décor make this Sandyland house as modern as when it was first built.
42 MEET THE FLOCKERS
Any time is a great time to bird watch in Carpinteria. Over 460 winged species have been sighted in Santa Barbara County, and the Carpinteria Salt Marsh is one of their favorite places to take flight.
52 ARTFULLY SPEAKING 60 SURFERS POINT TO 26 14
Canvases in a gallery, a steel sculpted fountain on the street, and a mural adorning a local business are evidence of Carpinteria’s commitment to the arts. Learn where else this love affair with beauty is worn on the town’s sleeve.
Rincon, or “Queen of the Coast” as it is affectionately known, has been a surfing Mecca for decades. Meet the surfing pioneers who made “The ’Con” a surfing household word.
76 CHEERS FOR THE CHERIMOYA
The avocado replaced lemons as Carpinteria’s most farmed fruit and became an American staple. Now the cherimoya is being groomed for Carpinteria’s next number one exotic export.
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nimals have captured artists’ imaginations since charcoal on cave wall was the medium of choice. Kim Snyder, a successful, sought-after Carpinteria artist, says what attracts her to creatures in the wild is the personality of each subject. She’s been called an animal portraitist. Many of her works are close up images of sea birds, frozen in the moment they are taking flight or landing, framed by the pale blue background of the ocean sky or reeds of marsh grass. The figure, expression, and movement of the animal dominate the scene. “They’re just little creatures living their lives,” she says.
Snyder’s latest subject— maybe obsession—is the wild horse, a powerful, untamed specimen that has a tremen-
dous backstory of intercontinental immigration and displacement. The current plight of wild horses in the United States—they’re being captured and killed— combined with the awe-inducing stature of the animal on the open landscape fascinate her artistic eye.
Wildness begets untamed beauty. “They’re not groomed,” Snyder says of the wisps of mane and tail that splay from the horses’ bodies and curl into the landscape. “They’re a part of our world, not a pet.”
OPPOSITE PAGE, Freedom of “Return to Freedom” oil on board, 5”x7” at Chalk Gallery in Carpinteria. Freedom spot ted another stallion getting too close to his herd. The two boys met and came to a peaceful understanding.
ABOVE, “Carpinteria Salt Marsh,” oil linen 8”x10” at Kathryne Designs Inc. Painted at the dirt road inside the Estero Way entrance.
To encounter wild horses, Snyder frequents Return to Freedom, a horse-rescue operation outside of Lom- poc that houses around 200 wild horses on a sprawl- ing ranch, where they roam in large open areas but are technically no longer wild. Snyder walks among the horses and photographs and sketches them, a daring endeavor among unpredict- able herds.
She waits for moments that produce “interesting shadows,” preferably in the faint glow of morning or the orange gleam of a falling sun. Then in her home stu- dio, Chaparral Design Studio in Carpinteria, she builds paintings in layers, starting from a dark background and adding details, usually in acrylic, oil, or pastel on linen
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