Artist-adventurer and best-selling author Obi Kaufmann releases a new opus celebrating California’s coastal ecosystems

The Coasts of California published by Heyday debuts on Earth Day, April 2022.

Photo by Kalie Caetano

BERKELEY, CALIF — As the effects of climate breakdown become ever more acute, naturalist, poet-painter, and #1 San Francisco Chronicle bestselling author Obi Kaufmann releases The Coasts of California: A California Field Atlas (on-sale April 2022) to galvanize readers toward an ethical model of stewardship.

Featuring over 400 of the author’s signature watercolors and maps, Kaufmann invites readers on an odyssey from the rocky coast of Crescent City to the mosaic of the Channel Islands. In this ecological epic, Kaufmann explores where land meets ocean—where most of the human population of the state lives and where its natural world is most threatened—painting a vision for a more sustainable future along the way.

“It may be, and there is good evidence to suggest, that we are turning a corner (not unlike a hairpin turn on Highway 1),” says Kaufmann, “where we are compelled to face the other direction, away from old ideas about ‘using’ nature, and are now equipping ourselves with the tools and the perspective to augment, feed, and replenish those aspects of our precious natural legacy that have been dismantled or destroyed.”

Debuting on Earth Day, The Coasts of California will launch with a statewide book tour, including panel events at the LA Times and Bay Area Book Festivals, a short documentary in partnership with Alice Gu (The Donut King), a ticketed digital event produced by Wildbound PR, and book signings at independent bookstores from Point Reyes to Los Angeles.

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About Obi Kaufmann

Obi Kaufmann is an artist-adventurer who has dedicated his life to studying California’s natural world and sharing his passion for its generous landscapes through the stroke of paintbrush and pen. He is the author of the genre-breaking, #1 San Francisco Chronicle best-selling book, The California Field Atlas (2017),  The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Natural Resource (2019), and The Forests of California: A California Field Atlas (2020). When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at home in the East Bay, posting trail paintings at his handle @coyotethunder on Instagram. His website is

Explore Obi’s Works

The California Field Atlas

Winner of the California book award and a #1 San Francisco Chronicle best-selling opus.

An Atlas That Paints Wild California with a Watercolor Brush

KQED, The California Report

Naturalist Obi Kaufmann maps the road less traveled

San Francisco Chronicle

The State of Water

A philosophical examination of the inner workings of California’s water systems and historic dry spell.

Kaufmann’s watercolor hope is for California’s watery future

SF Datebook

“California Became My Cosmos”: A Conversation with Obi Kaufmann

Los Angeles Review of Books