“Inspired by California” started in 2010 as a documentary film that took me a year and a half to complete. The film examined what is great about this State by asking Californians “what inspires you about California?”. The film premiered at the 2011 Santa Cruz Film Festival and has gone on to travel the State and has set me on a journey to continue to examine the best of California.
As a Film Maker and illustrator I am taking the next 2 years to illustrate portraits of towns and cities that embody the best of the spirit of California. Over the next 5 months I will be producing 6 portraits, the first of 18 remarkable California Cities and Towns, Santa Cruz, Carmel, Napa, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Sacramento and the State and will complete the remaining 12 portraits by 2014.
The Santa Cruz portrait which has just been released in May has been met with great success and shown me how much people care about this incredible place.
The California, Napa and Carmel prints are scheduled for completion September 20th
Santa Cruz was just completed, Carmel, Napa and California are well underway and scheduled to be completed in late September. Long Beach, Santa Barbara and Sacramento are scheduled for late September. If you would like to sponsor the remarkable cities and town series, Sponsorship information.
“The True Olive Connection is a proud sponsor of “The Cruz” poster, illustrated by our renowned, local artist Kirby Scudder. He was a gem to work with and the final product has turned out beautifully. Thank you Kirby for your dedication and artwork support to Santa Cruz, CA.”
Susan Pappas, Owner The True Olive Connection – SPONSOR
“Kirby’s “The Cruz” poster is loaded with personality and nuance. There are hidden details there that make me laugh every time I look at it. He truly did capture Santa Cruz as seen from the perspective of longtime locals.”
John Benedetti, Owner Sante Family Wineries – SPONSOR
“Kirby’s ability to artistically capture a sense of place, climate and culture stems back to the mid 1980s when I first saw his portraits of Boston, Route 128, New England and Silicon Valley. He has always possessed an uncanny ability to know what makes a place vital and beautiful.”
Wes Alsop, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Kirby Scudder’s Inspired by California city portraiture series is not only brilliant in concept, but his artistic genius shines through each perspective. Every time you look at one of his city portraits, you are bound to see something you didn’t before, which makes for an exciting, creative, and interactive experience! Frankly, this series is a must have for any California enthusiast.
—Rebecca Kovan, Ph.D.