Todos Santos Pages
Local Artists

Erick Ochoa
Featured Artist - El Calendario de Todos Santos, November 2002

erick ochoaIf you were to ask Erick Ochoa why he signs his paintings "Erick O.," he would smile shyly and reply, "I think the name Erick Alfredo Ochoa Garcia would take up too much space on the canvas."

"I was overwhelmed the first time I mixed oil paints. Using a palette knife, turpentine and oils to blend color was the first step to a new way of seeing. They were so beautiful; they looked like candy. I wanted to take a bite of them. Now, everything I see is color and light. To someday be able to translate that onto a canvas is what I am going to do."

Erick's natural sense of composition and color is not an accident. His father, Alfredo, and brother Omar are among the most sought after wood-craftsmen in Baja California Sur. "When I would work with my father he would make me sand the same piece of wood forever, and it had to be like glass, it had to be perfect. I think this has helped me now to be more patient with the progress of my art. When Michael Cope said he would work with me, it was based on two things - a serious commitment, because he wasn't going to waste his time, and I have to draw a minimum of one hour a day."

All of Erick's hard work has paid off. His pieces are now on display at the Galería de Todos Santos.

Michael Lane Cope
Featured Artist - El Calendario de Todos Santos, January 2001

michael cope artistMichael Cope was born in Cambridge, Ohio in 1950. He majored in sculpting and design at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton Ohio.

Michael left Ohio for L.A. and started working for Revlon. He took a few years off in his 20s to travel Europe, then returned to Revlon as the International Director of Beauty. By the mid-80s Michael was tired of the traveling, and took a position as the Vice President of Sales Promotion for the 1928 Jewelry Company in Burbank California. He ended up spending most of his time traveling (again) so he resigned in 1990 and started painting and freelancing.

When Michael and his wife, Pat, got to together in 1992, he didn't want to move to her home in Seattle and Pat didn't want to live in L.A. Michael brought Pat to Todos Santos and she loved it. They bought land on their first trip and moved here in 1994. While looking for studio space, Michael met Robert Whiting and saw the corner space of the Todos Santos Inn. He knew it was destined to become the Galerķa de Todos Santos, the first fine arts gallery in Todos Santos representing Mexican, American and international artists.

Michael had studios in Southern California, England and Greece. While traveling during his corporate career he was able to "portrait paint" many people from around the world. He enjoys painting the people and landscapes of Southern Baja California. He works mainly with oils on canvas and wood. His work has been shown at various exhibitions in the Los Angeles area and is also in many private and public collections in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Great Britain.


Todos Santos is located on the Tropic of Cancer in the southern portion of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico just one hour
north of Cabo San Lucas and one hour south of La Paz. Long known as a cultural, artistic and agricultural center, the
town is a desert oasis, 1 kilometer from the Pacific Ocean at the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna mountains. Since
the mid 1980's, the area has become a tourist / retirement destination and home to numerous art galleries, artists,
fine restaurants, elegant hotels, unique vacation rentals and local festivals.

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