A pair of Staprans studio visits
October 13, 2022 § 1 Comment
THE GREAT CALIFORNIA-LATVIAN painter and playwright Raimonds Staprans turns 96 today. It has been a treat to watch his friendship blossom with fellow artist Sandy Ostrau. Not long before his birthday, she paid a visit to his San Francisco studio. In turn, he and his wife, the scientist Ilona Staprans, repaid the visit with a stop at Sandy’s studio in one of the original buildings at the Sea Ranch, on the northern California coast.
“I love when he pokes my paintings!” Sandy says. “He liked that one, but the bottom needs resolving.”
“Ilona is just as amazing. PhD in Bio-Chem, ran a research lab at UCSF, and really supported Raimonds in his early career.”
“They appreciated my new easel, too,” Sandy says. “Both are remarkable. They are making a documentary in Latvia about him that is nearly done.”
Happy 96th, Raimonds!
— Thomas Reynolds
EARLIER: “Feasting with the Staprans“
What a delight to learn of Staprans and to see Ostrau with him in her studio. Beautiful pictures from two artists with similar views. Thanks for sharing. All the best to the artists and the gallery. Bill Brady