San Francisco-based PaulaClaudine Hobson-Coard has her mother and father to thank for her rich, diverse creative life both as a fine artist and a musician.
“My background, upbringing, the amount of traveling I did, being open to different things – the way my parents raised me, to be open to different cultures” is how Hobson-Coard describes the force that fuels both her music (as co-leader, with her husband Jesus Angel Mora, of Love Struck, a jazzy pop-rock band) as well as her painting and photography.
She’s been fruitful and busy lately. Fourteen of her original acrylic on canvas paintings inspired by the tropics are on display at the San Bruno library through Aug. 31; her photographs are in a juried South San Francisco exhibit this weekend; and her band is slated to play at San Francisco’s Nihonmachi Street Fair in Japantown on Aug. 1.
In June, she exhibited paintings, and appeared with her band at the San Mateo County Fair, where, in 2014 and 2013, her paintings “Red Hot Paradise” and “Exotic Energy” took top honors.
Many of Hobson-Coard’s landscapes and seascapes reflect her experiences growing up in various places (her father Leonardo Coard-LaBarrie was in the military), but particularly in the Caribbean. Using brilliant greens, cheerful yellows, parrot reds and warm browns, she says, “My goal is to show the world the cultural diversity and many places of the Netherlands Antilles as I see them.”
Hobson-Coard has similar, and complementary, aims for her music. She wants to create, she says, “the kind of work that puts off positive energy, and that soothes people’s souls, that has a calmness that people feel. I want it to be healing.”
Training to be an opera singer (following in the footsteps of her mother Allicson Hobson-Coard., who studied classical piano at the University of Cambridge), Hobson-Coard took up jazz unexpectedly after what she thought was a class at San Francisco State turned out to be an audition, complete with scatting, for the swing combo vocalist.
Since then, she and her husband formed Love Struck, an eclectic group playing original music and covers with a twist.
IF YOU GO
Presented by South S.F. Cultural Arts Commission
Where: Betty Weber Gallery, Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South S.F.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Contact: (650) 829-3800, www.ssf.net, www.pollymedia.net
Note: Paintings by Hobson-Coard are at the San Bruno Public Library, 701 Angus Ave., San Bruno, daily through Aug. 31.