Thoughts for a better world









I grew up in California. My heritage is Mexican and Irish.
During the 60's I owned and operated S&D Graphics Corporation in Redwood City and San Carlos, California. In the 70's I traveled extensively in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, where I gathered information about the varying cultures which comprise this large geographical area.
Between 1980 and 1995, I was the owner and publisher of the El Dorado Gazette, Georgetown Gazette & Town Crier, a weekly community newspaper founded in 1880 located in El Dorado County, California.
Since 1995, after selling the newspaper I traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Bonaire, and Chile. Much of my travels have been by sailboat. I have accumulated thousands of miles in various vessels from 8 to 125 feet in length. In addition to sailing my own boats, I have been involved in many deliveries and have extensive experience in every aspect of yacht maintenance and repair.
During the course of my life I have written many articles and editorials. They cover a wide variety of subjects. Recently I was reading some of my old Editorials and thought some of them deserve another round. Plus I decided it's time to publish some new thoughts.

Tomas at Mailbox in Galapagos

At the Mailbox in the Galapagos Islands

PaintingMexican-American artist Tomás Daly paints in many styles. Most of his work today is done on wood with watercolors, colored pencil, charcoal, acrylics, and woodburning. Many of his paintings are reproductions of molas which he discovered years ago in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. The San Blas natives make intricate designs for their molas from layers of cloth and fancy stitching. Tomás takes photos of them and copies the basic design to wood which he then paints in many colors.

Most of his woodburn portraits are reproductions of photos he has taken or discovered on the Internet. Using various burning tips, the woodburns give lasting depth to the portraits.

A portfolio of his work can be seen on his website:

El artista mexicano-americano Tomás Daly practica varios estilos de pintura.  La mayor parte de su trabajo actual es en madera a base de acuarela, pintura acrílica, lápiz a color y carbón, así como pirograbado en madera.

Muchas de sus obras son reproducciones de "molas" de los nativos de las Islas San Blás, en Panamá y que hace años Tomás descubrió para su acervo. Para las molas, los nativos producen diseños con capas de telas y finas costuras a través de intrincados trazos. Tomás toma las fotos de ellas y copia el diseño básico a la madera que él entonces pinta en muchos colores.

La mayoría de sus trabajos en madera pirograbada son retratos en relieve, y consisten principalmente en reproducciones de fotografías tomadas por el artista, u otras que descubrió a través de Internet.

El portafolio completo del trabajo del artista puede observarse en su portal

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