You cannot separate Ken Auster, the surfer, from the artist. It was in his formative years in Long Beach, California, where Ken grew up with his feet deeply planted in the surfing culture, that he first learned to express his art talent. Caught up in the ground swell of the 1960'S surfing culture, Ken not only plunged into the sport of surfing but into the art and graphics of surfing as well. While working his way towards his bachelor in fine arts degree from Long Beach State University, Ken built one of the worlds most prominent silkscreen and T-shirt companies, creating now legendary surfing art that adorned surfers from Belmont Shores to Hawaii to Mexico. His surfing images, silk-screen as original prints on paper, became the fine art of this beach culture, and today, represent the classic surf art of the past century. At the heart of Ken's work was always the awareness of the fine line between man made and nature. In the mid-1990'S, Ken moved to a more serious art level, involving him with the immediacy of oil paints as opposed to the process burdened medium of print making. Throwing himself into the splendor of "plein air" (on location) painting, Ken discovered the richness and broad colors of the city life he long avoided. As he will tell you, he rejoiced in this newfound ability to paint anything and everything; cafes, trains stations, airports, street scenes, and of course, never far away, was the beach, his first love.