Thursday, April 22, 2010

Our Torrey Pines Connection

When my mom was moving out of her house, she gave away a lot of family things. This painting was something I got. It was painted by my Grandmother Good:
I mentioned that it looked like Torrey Pines, a beautiful area by La Jolla, just north of San Diego. Mom said that it was Torrey Pines, and that her mother had spent some time there in the 20's. Fast forward to Easter, when Brian, Lindsey, Bruce and I hiked along the beaches and bluffs at Torry Pines. Here are some of the trees that are now protected at the Torrey Pines State Preserve:I made everyone sit down and listen to what I could remember about my grandmother's story, which sadly, wasn't much. When I got home I called Mom and asked for a few details. Grandmother Good was in her early 20's when she came to La Jolla to stay with her sister, Mary. They were having art lessons, and this was one of the painting done then. That's about all that Mom knew. I imagine what a beautiful and unspoiled place Torry Pines was then. It's still amazing, with the protected Preserve, a championship golf course and the most amazing Craftsman-style Lodge that inspired the architecture of Disney's Grand Californian.

There is a tag on the back of the painting: 1st place at the 1924 Calgary Stampede Art Exposition! Neat family history!


  1. Thats so cool! I'm glad you saved this piece of art. Beautiful.

  2. That is such a cool piece of family history!