When I take time out to peruse the past 95 years I’ve been hanging around, it comes to mind that life happens in chunks of time, which reminds me of the 17 years the California State Archives Foundation commissioned me to create awards for the many services that were given by notable members of our society.
In 2020, I created an award for Richard J. Orsi, professor emeritus, California State University, East Bay. I usually received information along with images relating to the award that I watercolor painted on parchment paper. One of these many awards was done for Richard J. Orsi that included an imager of The Redlands Foothills Groves (2000)
Mr. Orsi, one of several authors of “The Elusive Eden, A New History of California” published in 2020, selected the image from his award for the book’s cover art. Needless to say over those many years I learned a lot of California history creating awards for several organizations including the Society of California Archivists, Society For American Archaeology and the California Preservation Heritage Commission.