In addition, the text of the book also celebrates artists who have been inspired by the California Coast or who used it as a subject. Authors, poets, musicians, architects, photographers, actors and painters like James Dean, John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Robinson Jeffers, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Millard Sheets, Armin Hansen, E. Charlton Fortune and others.

About the Book

Big Sur to Mendocino is an extensive book, with 114 color plates of paintings made along the California Coast over a 22 year period by painter-author Kevin Milligan. Some of the paintings portray the natural topography of the Coast like an estuary, coves, rivers, archways, islets, cliffs and headlands.

Other paintings depict architecture made by the diverse population that settled the coast like; Mexican, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Russian pioneers. These structures include a Spanish Mission, Russian Fort, Palace of Fine Arts, Portuguese Fraternal Hall, Lighthouse, Masonic Temple, Farm House, Barns, General Store, Garage, Victorian House, Joss House, Presidio Chapel, and Gothic Church. These visuals are paired with a text that describes the compelling stories of these pioneers.

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"John Steinbeck once said that the Salinas Valley haunted him, 'like a remembered symphony.' Kevin Milligan's stunning paintings of this region may also linger in the mind. His paintings and the stories that accompany them trace the shadows, surf, and human presence in the place Steinbeck called home-- Monterey County, Big Sur and north to San Francisco. Milligan's book follows Highway 1 further north to Mendocino, where the opening of Elia Kazan's East of Eden was filmed. This lovely volume of images and text will help us see and experience anew the magic of this region--to appreciate the summits and vistas of the country that Steinbeck wrote about--and Milligan paints with great sensitivity."

Susan Shillinglaw - Executive Director, National Steinbeck Center

"In this book he pays appropriate homage to the artists and writers who came before him. He now adds to this lineage his contribution of unique, tranquil, inspired views that were twenty years in the making."

Marvin Schenck - Board Member, Arts Council of Mendocino County

"Kevin's book is a treasure chest of stories and paintings and iconic moments that commemorate and illuminate one of the most loved regions of the world."

Paulette Lynch - Executive Director, Arts Council for Monterey County.