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On a historic cruise ship in the Delta, Lodi artist David Jon Foster has a new art studio that is taking him and his work back to his nautical roots

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Lauren Nelson/News-Sentinel

After decades of sailing around the world, the 1955 German-built cruise ship is moored at Herman and Helen’s Marina at the end of Eight Mile Road between Lodi and Stockton. The ship is a restoration project for owner Chris Willson, who wants to return to its original elegance. Though it is a work in progress, Willson has named Lodi artist David Jon Foster the ship’s official artist. In this photo, Foster and Willson prepare to board MV Aurora from a much smaller boat.

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With a wide open day and a brand new canvas calling to him, David Jon Foster sits down at his easel to paint. Three Tiki jars to the left hold his paintbrushes. And to the right, Styrofoam plates are filled with bold-colored paint. He plugs his iPhone into an amp, and smooth lounge jazz filters through a axillary cable, filling his workspace.

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Lauren Nelson/News-Sentinel

After decades of sailing around the world, the 1955 German-built cruise ship is moored at Herman and Helen’s Marina at the end of Eight Mile Road between Lodi and Stockton. The ship is a restoration project for owner Chris Willson, who wants to return to its original elegance. Though it is a work in progress, Willson has named Lodi artist David Jon Foster the ship’s official artist. In this photo, Foster and Willson prepare to board MV Aurora from a much smaller boat.