This is a story which may leave you with more questions than answers. It’s the story of a both obscure, yet acclaimed artist who pushed the boundaries of abstract watercolor paintings. Harvey Leepa did what some critics call his best work during a quarter of a century of seclusion in Montecito.

The sound of surf rolling up on a beach may bring up some special memories for you. For an artist with a new exhibition on the South Coast, these are the sounds of her own personal, and just completed global quest: To paint the world’s five oceans.