Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California, non-profit Arts Organization

"The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center supports and encourages the arts

through education, exhibition and cultural activities,

reflecting the unique and diverse environment of the mountain communities."



9341 Mill St.      Ben Lomond, CA      (831) 336-3513


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Lost with Gauguin


Looking for Gauguin

FROgard Butler

602 Old Vine Court

Pleasant Hill, CA    94523

(925) 381-9584

Email: FRO

I was born in Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to the United States in the 50’s with my parents and two sisters.


We settled in New Jersey where I went to elementary school and two years of high school. In 1961 we all moved to the Bay Area in California.


I was enrolled at San Francisco State College, where I declared studio art my major, and took several classes (Sculpture, Drawing, Art History, Painting, Design Classes).   My goal of completing my BFA was seriously side tracked and put on hold for over 30 years!  I married, raised 3 children; remarried and helped raise two more.  During this time I became an Early Childhood Educator.  I received my BA degree from Cal State Hayward in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.


At Left:    "Lost with Gauguin", Watercolor, Full Sheet, (NFS) and "Looking for Gauguin", Full Sheet  ($500)

This watercolor is a study of some of Gauguin’s oil paintings.  I learned to layer and have fun with color.


Recently I have returned to college and have taken watercolor, ceramics, and drawing classes.  I plan to obtain my BFA degree.   As I paint, I find myself lost in the “puddles” and in the world of color and mixing.


My most recent college educational experience took place in Italy.  I always wanted to be an overseas student.  This summer I lived and studied in Florence for 6 weeks.  My classes consisted of Art History and Drawing.  My goal was to see the “real thing” and draw it.  I got to do both!


At Left: "Saving the White", watercolor, Full Sheet.

This close up flower is a study of some of O Keeffe’s work.  I learned how to save the white of the paper.

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The Cuttlefish was a project which was timed.  It helped me to develop a more free flowing style. I also learned to pop the image by going darker.


At Left: Cuttlefish Series Top: Cuttle Fish, Watercolor, Full Sheet, below: Cuttlefish #2 and #3, "Looking Closer", $900 Set

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My latest interest has been the dogs!  Over the years I have had 5 dogs of my own.  Now that I travel and no longer have dogs, I enjoy painting them. 


Send me your favorite photo or have me meet your puppy and I will take a photo.  Then I'll turn it into a watercolor portrait for you or a friend.


Puppy Pawtraits   are 5 x 7", matted with white mat, framed to 8 x 10, and cost $100.

At Left: In the Dog House

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At Left: French Bread

acrylic  24" x 20"

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