A painting of Soldados crossing the Santa Cruz river. In 1775 Juan Bautista de Anza took 300 settlers from New Spain up into present day California and founded the city of San Fransisco after Saint Francis who was patron saint of the expedition. I have been painting scenes like this for over 15 years for the National Park Service, City of Marana, Arizona DOT and Pima County. Most are used as signs along the Anza Trail as it winds through Arizona and California. The current paintings are for galleries and illustrations for a book I'm writing on the expedition.