This book was published in conjunction with the 9th Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century Exhibition at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, CA. The book includes an essay titled “Why Painting Still Has a Mission” by Edward Lucie-Smith, short biographies of all the artists included in the exhibition and over 40 color plates. “For the last twenty-five¬†years or so, there have been constant, often rather gleeful-sounding proclamations that “painting is dead”. Yet the art of painting stubbornly remains alive.” -Edward Lucie-Smith.