San Diego Days is a vibrant collection of watercolors and writings by Bro Halff, capturing the beauty of San Diego and surrounding areas, as well as the positive attitude of its people. This book, and its companion volume, San Diego Visions, present diverse landscapes and cityscapes in one of America’s most beautiful and captivating cities. The author portrays, in writings and luminous paintings, his vision of San Diego, during his residence of twenty years there.
The author captures the beautiful buildings and scenery, historic landmarks, and patterns of daily life that inspire and sustain San Diego residents and visitors. This volume is a captivating journey to familiar and out-of-the-way attractions, and a spiritual odyssey that offers perceptions and insights that delight and refresh the reader.
San Diego has grown from a small port city to a major center of U.S. military facilities, a hub of the biotechnical industry, a favorite tourist destination, and a gateway to Mexico. Mr. Halff brings to life the sights that make the city so appealing, as well as its uniquely free-spirited way of life.
Bro Halff is an artist and writer who is known for his watercolors and poetry. Born in 1946, he was raised in Texas. He lived in San Diego for twenty years, and still maintains an art gallery, The Bro Halff Gallery, and publishing house, Simpler Gifts Press, in San Diego. Since 1972, he has pursued a career of writing, in several genres, including lyrical and visual poetry, and of painting and sculpting. The central theme of his lyrical poetry is the celebration of human diversity and of nature. His watercolors depict, with radiant colors and bold composition, rural, urban, and small-town America. His artworks have been routinely exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, and have appeared in over 230 exhibits. His volume of poetry and pen-and-ink drawings, Seasonal Delights, was published by the Mellen Poetry Press in 1999. In 2020, he completed two books of poetry, prose sketches, and watercolors of North Dakota, North Dakota Travels and North Dakota Days. Mr. Halff currently resides in Bismarck, North Dakota and on Kaua’i, in Hawaii.
Robert Pincus, former Arts Critic of the San Diego Union-Tribune, called Mr. Halff’s artwork “impressive in its variety...traces of e.e. cummings’ whimsicality are in his lines...” Richard Hamburger, the late Artistic Director of the Dallas Theater Center, described Mr. Halff’s work as “...joyful and sensitive poetry... with a Haiku-like quality that implicitly tells us to seize the present moment.”