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California Trails

Meet the Artist Behind the New Watercolor Atlas of California

Obi Kaufmann's dreamy, nature-inspired maps are selling faster than the printer can produce them.

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The California Field Atlas, a collection of nature-inspired, stylized watercolor maps of the state, has proved a hot seller for Berkeley’s Heyday Books. Here, meet Obi Kaufmann, the artist behind the collection. Kaufmann, a California native who has hiked thousands of miles across the state, opens up about his childhood and what inspires him.