Tag Archives: Southern California

A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells Reference Book

“A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” is a reference book for Southern California sea shells.

I wrote “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” after realizing that all the shell books I found were shells of the world or the South Pacific, but that there was no sea shell book about Southern California shells.  It took 3 1/2 years of researching the shells before I wrote this book.  I learned interesting and fun facts like mussels live 20 years and there is a silhouette of an owl inside a Giant Owl Limpet shell!  

I painted the watercolor illustrations of the shells from sea shells I found on San Diego beaches. The name of each shell and interesting information about each shell is added in calligraphy.  The illustrations share fun information as well as the names of the shell. In the back of the book are pages of photographs I took of sea shells.  


Using “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”, the next time you pick up a shell on the beach you will be able to find out about the shell in your hand!   Take a moment and order your copy for the summer!




Art Journal - Botanical & Nature Sketches 5-22-2010 to Current - 38 WATERMARKLOQUAT LEAF – Autumn brings all sorts of beautiful fallen leaves, even here in Southern California.  I find it irresistable to pick up these leaves, which have a patina, worn character and a wabi-sabi quality of incredible beauty.  They make me think of the way my face is gaining character as I am aging.  Am I becoming a wabi-sabi person?   Continue reading