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POP. Trail Paintings Spring 2016

May 1, 2016

POP LIFE Spring 2016 #Trailpaintings

The Spring 2016 Portfolio of #trailpaintings “POP LIFE” by Obi Kaufmann, @coyotethunder on Instagram and @obikaufmann on Twitter. Watercolor on cold-pressed 90# paper. Ready for framing. Each Painting comes with a Tuleyome poster and a deck of Astral Guides cards. Proceeds from each purchase goes to California Wilderness Defense, details below.

This is the POP portfolio. To peruse the LIFE portfolio, click here to be redirected to


Poet and artist Obi Kaufmann is an advocate for wilderness defense and conservation. His written and visual work always makes reference to a deeper mystery where an inner world of adventure and wonder meets the outer world of evolution and natural history. He illustrates for Bay Nature Magazine,, and the Bureau of Land Management. In 2016, he will participate in artist-residencies with both the Human Collective Group in NYC and the National Parks Conservation Association. He is currently working on a California Field Atlas for Heyday books which will launch in the Fall of 2017. Obi publishes his #trailpaintings as @coyotethunder and on the website


“I’ve been working on a lot of commissions lately. Apart from authorship, map making, concept art and portraits are how I make my money. These paintings represent everything that comes between: what I do on my own time… mourn the death of famous musicians who have touched my life… make fan art of TV shows and movies I love… and of course, paint wildlife.”


The Poster

18” x 24” < folded > Obi: I was commissioned to make this poster, a handpainted map of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, (the first of its kind) by the Tuleyome organization. Being this painting today is the only way to get one of these posters through me. On top of it, I will sign each one that goes out. The proceeds that are made here will be donated to the Tuleyome’s #donatetorestore on May 3; a 24 hour fund-raising event for the recovery of fire-scarred land in the monument.


The Cards

Obi: My Astal Guides deck, a kind of Tarot game based on the stars was a project of mine from 2013. What amounts to a game and a mythic-figurative art portfolio, I have enjoyed a ton of feedback from fans and collectors about how the hopeful, divinatory tone of the cards has affected them.


The Organizations

The following 11 California Wilderness Defense Organizations will receive the proceeds of the sale of these paintings:

  1. Tuleyome Snow Mountain Berryessa National Monument Stewardship @tuleyomeorg Instagram @tuleyomeorg Twitter
  1. Turtle Island Restoration Network Coho Salmon habitat- restoration in Northern California @seaturtles_org Twitter
  1. KSWild Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center @kswild Twitter @klamathsiskiyouwild instagram
  1. Friends of the River California River Conservation Advocacy  @calrivers Twitter @friendsoftheriver Instagram
  1. Ventana Wilderness Alliance Protecting the wild lands surround Big Sur @ventanawildernessalliance Instagram
  1. Friends of the Inyo Caring for the Eastern Sierra @friendsofinyo Twitter @friendsoftheinyo Instagram
  1. California Wilderness Coalition The voice for wild California @calwild Twitter
  1. Mojave Desert Land Trust To protect the Mojave Desert ecosystem Mojave Desert Land Trust, Facebook
  1. Restore the Delta To save the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary @Restorethedelta, twitter
  1. Sierra Nevada Alliance“Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities.” @SNVAlliance, twitter




Click on Galley for purchase information

Available May 1st, 2nd & 3rd. 2016


Summer Portfolio 2015 #trailpaintings

October 14, 2015

#trailpaintings by Obi Kaufmann,, @coyotethunder


January 4, 2015


Original #trailpaintings by Obi Kaufmann @coyotethunder. Watercolor on heavy paper. 7″ (17.74cm) wide x 10.5″ (27.3cm) tall. From the series: DAY OF THE RED RAVEN, journeys across the Columbian Plateau – the deserts and forests of Eastern Oregon. December 2014.

The New Sasquatch

November 28, 2014

Trail Paintings from October 2014.

Tracking Thunderbirds

October 24, 2014

Tracking Thunderbirds portfolio – CLICK HERE TO GO TO COYOTEANDTHUNDER to view



September 15, 2014


Not my usual trail paintings, these works were produced on one evening in early September, bathed in the full moon light of the Harvest Moon in Northern California. Inspired by too much wine and music too loud, this savage series traces the process of a shapeshifter – a wild and dark heart revealed in passionate shadows with a howl a thousand miles long.

Each work measures 6.75″ x 10.5″ and is made of ink on paper with water color, wine and blood.


The Mountain Verses

June 22, 2014

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These Trail Paintings, which collectively make up “The Mountain Verses” are available here, at