Marty Stanley (1955 - 2006)
Instantly recognizable, Stanley’s signature landscapes recall even the most elusive and surreal Delta sunsets. Capturing nearly all the moods and hues of the picturesque channels and tributaries of the Delta, Stanley continues to add to his collection of nearly 400 original watercolors and oil paintings. In addition to his Delta suites, Stanley has completed a collection of watercolors commemorating his two trips to the Greek Island of Santorini. Six of the images from his Return to Paradise series have become international posters published by Top Art of Milan, Italy and San Diego. Two of the images appeared in the 1998 and 1999 “Artists of the World” calendar published in Germany. Stanley also collaborated with author and friend Charlie Soderquist on “Sturgeon Tales, Stories of the Delta.” The 150-page book features eighteen Stanley paintings beautifully reproduced in color as well as four pencil renderings. His Delicious Art series, a set of still-life oil paintings on canvas, evoke the early days after the birth of his first child when simple, seemingly mundane items like a slice of watermelon or an eggplant took on a new visual splendor. Stanley relocated his Levee Gallery — an art gallery devoted solely to his original works and prints — to a larger space in Walnut Grove. Locals, as well as out-of-towners continue to visit the gallery and collect visual memoirs of the Delta for their homes and businesses.