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Forney’s Cove to Black Point, Santa Cruz Island

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painting by Rob Robinson. The view is from a cliff at the

very tip of the island’s northwest corner. “This is one

of my favorite paintings,” says Rob. “It’s an absolutely

beautiful place to paint.”

Above – Allison Jaqua and Rob Robinson on the pier at

Prisoners Harbor during their trip to Santa Cruz Island in

2007, just after they got engaged on the island.

of these days I’m going to take your class.’ He re-

plied, ‘Rob, it’s tomorrow at 1 p.m. Come on down,

it’ll save your life.’ And it kind of did.” After that

first session at the Carpinteria Bluffs near the Tar

Pits, Rob experienced newfound joy and purpose.

“I absolutely loved it,” he recalls, and immediately

Rob went shopping for art supplies.

“Plein air painting changed the way I saw the

world and was a great stress reliever away from the

hustle-bustle of business andmodern life. Except for

the time with family, it has ever since been my great-

est pleasure to stand on a blufftop overlooking the

sea or down a simple path and quietly observe, be

alive in the scene and try to capture its quiet volume,

sense of light, space and simple beauty. Sometimes

it’s a struggle and sometimes not, but in the end,

there’s always been a feeling that the time was well

spent and often I’ve left with something to share.”

Today Rob paints on weekends, vacations and

holidays, often tagging along with his wife, Alli-

son, a cultural anthropology graduate student in a

PhD program at UCSB.

“Rob and I met over winemaking,” says Allison.

(Rob and several friends had revived a longtime

Mountain Drive tradition of making their own

wines.) “My sister and her then-husband asked

Rob to come over and test-taste their wine still in

the barrel. I happened to be there on that day, and

we had a great conversation. Later Rob told my

sister to ‘invite all your friends and family when

PHOTO COURTESY ROB ROBINSON.

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