For six decades he worked to capture the essence of a place. Now urban sprawl and political corruption threaten to destroy it.
Filmed in the San Joaquin Valley and Monterey Peninsula, Master of Light documents the remarkable six-decade career of watercolorist Rollin Pickford. His paintings use innovative techniques to capture landscapes that are being rapidly bulldozed to make way for sprawling, low-density subdivisions. The artist’s self-effacing manner and gentle wit enliven the film as it reveals the secrets of his Zen-like watercolor technique.