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Saturday, 07 July 2012 20:32

Tim Hauf

Growing up on a grain farm and the wide-open prairies of North Dakota gave Tim Hauf an appreciation of the outdoors and nature. His wanderlust started when he was two years old, often wandering across cow pastures accompanied only by his dog. He would go home with lots of stories about what he had found.

In later years, he started taking photos of where he had been and of what he had experienced, so he could “show and tell” others of his experiences. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in business, Tim moved to California and found work as a financial analyst. With the outdoors beckoning, Tim moved to Ventura County in the late 1970s. After leaving his career as a financial analyst, Tim found himself working as a ranch foreman, giving him enough time to take up photography. He has been honing his skills ever since. Tim Hauf has been a professional photographer since the early 1990s.

His photographs have appeared in numerous publications throughout the world, including Islands, Sunset, Asia Pacific Travel, Mini-World (Japan), Explore (Canada), Terre Sauvage (France), Dove (Italy), South Africa Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and others. His list of published books include unique destinations such as the Himalaya of Nepal; South America’s remote Patagonia; the rugged wilderness of northern Manitoba, Canada; South Africa’s remarkable World Heritage Sites; Ventura County; and Channel Islands National Park.

Published in Artists
Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:56

Create Your Own Custom Tiles

Create Your Own Custom Art With a Photograph of YOUR Family, Pet, Favorite Place, Art, Logo, Business Card, Pet Portraits or ANYTHING you can think of.

Create a unique piece of your own art by placing YOUR image on our tiles.  This unique and personal art piece will capture your style in a new way.  Each of the different options make a fun gift for any occasion.  

Put your favorite vacation photos on coasters, so you can remember the fun you experienced every time you put your drink on them.

The perfect wedding or anniversary gift, put the wedding couple's picture on any of the surfaces to create something they are sure not to have or give your wedding guests a unique keepsake with a picture of the wedding couple on a magnet or ornament.

Great gifts for the holidays, use photos of your friends and have us make something they can use and remember you by always.

We can put any image onto a variety of surfaces, our most popular options are listed below.  If you have an idea that you don't see please give us a call and we can work with you to make your art a reality.  We can put your picture onto a wide range of materials including things that you may have. 

Please select what you would like your picture printed on and then email your image at 300dpi to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Most orders will be finished within 1-2 weeks, we will call you if it will take longer.

Some of the possibilities:

Stone Coasters

Stone Coaster Options

Foam Coasters

Picture Options



Tile Options

Cutting Boards




Size Options



Published in Web Store
Saturday, 03 March 2012 22:06

Custom Watercolor Pet Portraits

Custom Watercolor Pet Portraits from YOUR Image

Let Phyllis capture the spirit and personality of your favorite family member. She uses her whimsical colors and unique style to capture your pet with a sparkle in it's eye and attitude that best represents them. Her passion for animals and watercolors is expressed in each of her paintings; let her share her creative painting with your family.

Each Portraits is a unique painting created with the best paints on Heavy Watercolor Paper, they come Matted in an Archival White Mat ready to be framed and hung on the wall.

Please send a clear photo of your pet in the pose that you want your pet painted in. 
If you send me a full body photo, but just want a painting of the head and shoulders, I can do that please just let me know what you would like. Natural light photos make the best paintings. 
The photo is the only impression I have of your pet, so the better the photo that you can send me, the more I have to work with. Please also include 4-5 additional photos so that I may get to understand your pet’s personality to best capture that essence that makes your pet part of the family. Please also include a close-up of your pet's face.

Please email us pictures of your pet and let us know what you would like to order, we are happy to ship your custom painting to you or you can stop by the gallery and pick it up, so please let us know what you would prefer.  We will send you an invoice you can pay by check or credit card.

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Single Pet Head and Shoulders Custom Portrait


11x14 Matted $185

12x16 Matted $215

16x20 Matted $350
18x24 Matted $475

24x30 Matted $795 


Single Pet Full Body Custom Portrait

16x20 Matted    $450

8x24 Matted $575

24x30 Matted    $895


2 Pet Custom Portrait


16x20 Matted $475

18x24 Matted  $600

18x24 Matted $925


You can also order your pet portrait printed on any of the following


Set of 4 Blank Note Cards $12.00

Mouse Pad Mouse Pad $12.00

Set of 4 Foam Coasters $12.00

Sm Ceramic Magnet (2x2) $5.00 

2 Sided Aluminum Ornament $10.00

6x8 Ceramic Tile with Hanger $24.00

8x12 Ceramic Tile with Hanger $36.00

Published in Web Store
Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:16

Graphite Pencil Classes


Glass of Water

Graphite Pencil Class with Phil Zubiate

Saturday, March 10th 10am - 1pm

$57 each includes all supplies

Pouring water in a glass, textures are always hard to draw and in this drawing I would like to show you how to draw a glass, water, and plastic bottle using just five pencils. I will show you how to keep track of refraction lines and curves where light bends inside the glass, bottle and water. We'll start with the major outlines and major refractions. We will use different pressures for the different suggested subtle shifts in value and very sharp points for the shadow areas and light pressure for the rim of the glass. Lastly adding a middle-value along the sides and base to give the contrast a finished touch.



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Friday, 07 October 2011 22:16


The artist's world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.  ~Paul Strand

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