Description The remainder of the abandoned Naval Auxiliary Field in Santa Rosa, California after the Korean War is now home to various wildlife inhabitants. The area is protected and off-limits to unauthorized personnel. The field gets mowed occasionally for fire protection. Their is a trail that skirts the fenced edge for foot traffic but no unauthorized motor vehicles. From different perspectives, visions of history can play through imagination along roads, traversed by pheasants, quail, wild turkeys, Canada geese; vanishing into the distance; behind graffiti decorated bunker fronts painted by those who can't read the no trespassing signs. Homes in the distance are built upon to old East/West airstrip.
Richard Thomas, Santa Rosa Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement I was born Richard Thomas 70+ years ago in Southern California. Art has always been my passion, especially painting with acrylics, oils or water color. As well as drawing. Studied architectural drafting and design at San Bernardino Valley Junior College between 1968 and 1970.
By June of 2004, Richard Thomas retired from the retail meat cutting trade. After all my chores were done at home I started another career working in a local camera shop to supplement my retirement income. There I discovered another art form - painting with light. Digital photography makes it incredibly simple to capture the beauty of God's creation. The first thing God created was light. Without light there is no color. God is light and in Him there is no darkness.