San Diego Visions is a dynamic collection of watercolors and writings by Bro Halff, capturing the charm of San Diego and surrounding areas, as well as the visionary attitude of its people. This book, and its companion volume, San Diego Days, present diverse landscapes and cityscapes in one of America’s most beautiful and appealing cities. The author portrays, in writings and vibrant paintings, his vision of San Diego, during his residence of twenty years there. The author captures scenes of daily life, beautiful buildings and scenery, and fascinating landmarks that inspire and sustain San Diego residents and visitors. This volume is a joyful journey to familiar and little-known attractions, and a spiritual odyssey that offers perceptions and insights that delight and refresh the reader. San Diego, from its founding in 1769, has welcomed visionaries and enterprising newcomers from all over the world. Mr. Halff brings to life many of the attractions that its far-sighted residents have created, as well as the creative and individualistic characteristics of its contemporary citizens.
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.”