Paint Encinitas is proud to announce a new art installation on the Downtown Encinitas 7-Eleven. Talks began when Paint Encinitas founder Jax Meyers joined an exciting conversation about murals in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Bobby Virk, who owns the 7-Eleven in Cardiff as well as Downtown Encinitas, was all too happy to see a new work of art grace the front side of the Downtown Encinitas location.
What Hardison has to say on his vision above: “These images are not complete, as other figures and elements will be added to the final paintings but are in separate studies and sketches. The painting on the left is a view from South Cardiff looking north with Swamis point in the background. The painting on the right is a view from North Leucadia with Swamis point in the background. My intention is to show the Encinitas coastline with the Swamis painting being the fulcrum. The other paintings will be changed periodically to share unique individual perspectives that identify our City and its people.” For now this gives the community a sneak-peek at what is to come!
Two murals were gifted to the City of Encinitas on the Downtown location by artist Micaiah Hardison nearly fourteen years ago on October 7, 2000. As a local, Hardison wanted to give back to the community. Today, he is just as excited to continue his legacy on that wall with a new art installation that will match his evolved style. Paint Encinitas will assist in raising funds through donations and sponsorships so that Hardison’s vision can be realized.
Growing up only a few yards from the Leucadia, CA surf, Micaiah Hardison has spent his entire life either in or around the ocean. Beginning at age 16, his ever-evolving painting style has maintained his intention to express the feeling of an instant, but to do so with an accuracy that chronicles our time and place in history.
After painting feverishly for ten years as a self-taught artist, Hardison discovered Watts Atelier of the Arts, a nearby art school that allowed him to start from scratch and learn to see, draw and mix accurate values and colors.
Although he took classes, a lot of his studies have been done organically on his own, through books and studying original works of art.
Hardison’s passion for surfing has taken him around the globe to islands of the Caribbean, South Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, as well as Europe, North Africa, Hawaii and up and down the West Coast of the Americas from Canada to Chile. Pieces of work created by Hardison during his travels and in the studio share the light, energy and appreciation of the seas that inspire him.
Hardison’s work has been published in various publications including Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector and San Diego Magazine. He is an active member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club and the American Society of Marine Artists. Hardison most recently won Best of Show at the 2013 San Diego Fine Art Exhibition held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Micaiah’s work is regularly shown in solo and group shows in Museums and Galleries throughout Europe, North America and Hawaii.