Local watercolor teacher puts love for Santa Barbara into upcoming exhibit

Working as a crew coach at the Santa Barbara harbor supervising the waterfront’s janitorial crew, Brian Maclaren is inspired by the sea lions sunbathing on the docks and the fluidity of the coastal setting. He takes photographs of what he sees and later uses them to create his paintings, which he describes as an interpretive style using watercolor with pen and ink and applying as few strokes as possible.

“There is a certain acceptance in painting with watercolors, where you work loosely and accept what happens,"