July 4th party, around 1990, on the roof of the building I was temporarily managing. The El Dorado Apartment at 21 Westminster and Ocean Front Walk in Venice. This  became my home neighborhood for the next 12 years, which entailed a lot of different experiences, and meeting a lot of different people.

Venice is the place where my grandfather, Jimmy Wood, winter quartered to his circus in the 40’s. And where we came back to in the mid 70’s, after traveling and living all over the country. The place where we could finally make friends that would last a lifetime.



Jeff Morris Cody West of Lincoln Project copy.JPG
Painted for the West of Lincoln Project by Ruth Chase


A place diverse and varied in it’s people and ideas, but also like a small town that just happens to be sandwiched between the beach and a huge city. A true crossroad of the world, where my friends from around the globe come to. Where individuality is the uniform and expression is uninhibited. Where I first fell in love, and first did most things I probably shouldn’t have. When I travel, I still love to come back, because I always run into a familiar face, that makes it home for me.

Jeff Cody Morris is a third generation Venice local and artist. His work recently appeared in the Venice Art Crawl last May.

W e s t  of  L i n c o l n  Project


August 5 – September 1

Opening Reception | Saturday, August 5, 4 – 8pm
13445 Beach Ave., Venice Marina, CA


About the Author Ruth Chase

Ruth Chase is primarily a project based artist whose award winning series, West of Lincoln Project, probed into the lives of individuals who grew up in Venice, CA. She is a California-based painter that uses biographical portraiture to communicate stories of compassion, and valuable insight that promotes positive social change. Her work includes the use of social media in her creative process to stimulate conversation around human value, as well as engaging the public to actively participate in the final outcome of her work.