Description Lake Ralphine, home to a variety of wildlife, is formed by an earthen dam which dates back to 1882. It was built by Colonel Mark Lindsay McDonald and named after his wife - Ralphine. Today, it is a community gathering spot on 152 acres with a 27 acre lake, plus kids' attractions including a small train. Land was acquired by the city of Santa Rosa, California, USA in 1947.
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.