Watercolor was Sam Colburn’s (1909-1993) preferred medium. A prolific painter, he worked quickly outdoors on location, developing a style that was elegant, luminous, spontaneous, and fluid, though requiring tremendous control of the medium. Sam was one of the most colorful characters to walk the Monterey coast. His paintings are as much an evocation of the region as the writings of John Steinbeck and Robinson Jeffers, or the photography of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.
The San Francisco art critic Alfred Frankenstein credited Colburn with a sense of drama and "as fine an eye for the subtleties of watercolor as this country has produced since [John] Marin’s heyday.