One of my absolute most favorite places on the planet has been Harbin Hot Springs, located a couple of hours north of San Francisco, California. Harbin has been my go to place for as long as I lived in California, a place to enjoy nature and immerse myself in its healing waters. Harbin was a retreat and place of freedom where i could find a community of like minded souls. It was with great sadness that much of the land was destroyed in a fire over a year ago. I painted Harbin Hills during one of the massage courses I took at the school. I went out during my morning break, making a daily ritual of painting the late autumn view, a dry stream bed along a hillside filled with ocher grasses, dotted with scrub oaks, madrones and pines.