Buddha in Red, oil/panel, 25″x23″x23″ triangle (detail)

Because it was so much fun and so successful in 2018, we have decided to open our barns once again. For only two weekends, October 12-13 and October 19-20 we will receive visitors from 11am to 5pm.  These dates and times will coincide with Sonoma County Art Trails so visitors can take in other studios in the area. Scenic Knoll Ranch sits on 35 acres in the rolling hills of Sonoma County and the barns are adjacent to our large garden, pond and waterfall. ‘The Ladies’ Series and related work will be featured in the large barn.  Some new work will be shown in the adjacent studio. We invite those who wanted to but could not attend last year and of course would love to see again those of you who joined the festivities last year. This event is free, wheelchair accessible and refreshments will be served. Here’s to vibrant fall days and fun times in the barns at Scenic Knoll.

Scenic Knoll Ranch, 4760 Bloomfield Road, Petaluma, CA 94952, 707-795-2007


Today we finally had sun, one day of sun in California.  Well to be more precise, Northern California.  It’s been a dramatic and sometimes difficult winter and it promises to continue with more rain and mountains of snow in the mountains.  At least the winter climate doesn’t pull me away from the studio.  I’ve been painting. Aside from attending a weekly figure group I will be in some shows this year.  I will post them in the upcoming section ‘about the artist’ and hope, hope, hope you can attend.

Below is a film of Art in the Barn.  It was a unique show and a wonderfully fun opening.  The film also appears on the home page.  Please watch it for the feeling of The Ladies when they inhabited the Barn.  I’d love to know what you think.

Art in the Barn – Featuring The Ladies by Ayris Hatton.

Please scroll down to view entire invitation to Art in the Barn.  Hope to see you there!

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June 16, 2018, 4-8pm (limited hours June 17-July15).  Art, music, food and libation at Scenic Knoll Ranch near Sebastopol California.  Come hang in the barn with The Ladies, a series of life size female figures in oil.  They are draped and undraped, symbolist, feminist and hint of the spiritual. Other work will be shown as well.  Click on ‘save the date’ below and download for more information as well as the event location so you can plan your visit.  A formal announcement will be posted soon.

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Save the Date!

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Please stop by ArtWorks in San Rafael and come visit Venus & Virgo in San Anselmo.  Click on the announcement PDF below for dates and reception times.  Hope to see you.  And Happy Holidays.



Please click on the ANNOUNCEMENT above for Exhibitions July-November, 2016.  The image on the announcement, ‘”Blackbird” – Key of G’ is a depiction of blackbirds on five wires depicting the first two bars of the melody of the Lennon-McCartney song.  Their postures suggest the lyrics.  It is included in the show currently at Artworks Downtown in San Rafael called “Musical”.

I have been distraught by the amount of trash on our roads.  Litter seems to be increasing daily.  I finally called my Congressman, Jared Huffman and he eventually referred me to a local ‘group’ of three other women called Marin Clean Highways.  Among other things, they are working to enforce an ordinance to tarp trucks so debris doesn’t fly off.  I am working on litter prevention through the schools by making posters with kids.  The children have been so creative and so I share a sample below. College of Marin has kindly agreed to print 20 posters and then we will post them is public places throughout the county.  Our small group has joined with a larger organization, Marin Litter Coalition, made up of several local and state environmental organizations.  County officials and workers are part of this group because they have been working to meet standards set by the Clean Water Act which requires no debris in storm drains.

So my frustrations and one small step led me join many others who have similar concerns.  We want to honor this generous planet and keep it clean.


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