Baumann sets his sites on one of the largest urban parks in the world: Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The park, which includes Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, and the original military fortifications surrounding San Francisco, was conceived as part of a trend to make national park resources more accessible to urban populations. Interviews include Frank Heaney, Alcatraz prison guard, Heather Booth, park interpretive ranger, and Stephen Haller, civil war historian. Baumann completes his journey... [see more] by painting the high dunes of Fort Funston and Ocean Beach.
Acclaimed landscape painter Stefan Baumann's art reflects his commitment to ecology and the preservation of the natural environment. In THE GRAND VIEW, Baumann travels throughout North America, sharing his message and his art as he raises awareness for these causes. This new series takes viewers on a journey throughout America's National Parks system, where he shares his adventures and his passion for nature. The series showcases the art, insights and park experiences as Baumann hikes deep into the United States' most famous National Parks. Applying the realist theory of the old masters in his paintings, Baumann's treks encompass every aspect of the park, focusing on the plants, wildlife and the geologic and human history that have impacted the region.