Living in view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California native Michael Jost began collecting early California paintings in the mid-80’s. Close by are painted scenes like Edgar Payne’s mountain lakes, Maynard Dixon’s San Joaquin Valley, and Thomas Hill’s Yosemite Valley. Inspired by other collections and museums of California, a hobby turned into a passion. Desiring to do more than operate a large farming company, Michael decided to open an online gallery, Jost Fine Art. Continually investing in fine art has broadened the collection to include American, Southern, and Western paintings, as well as modern contemporary as of late. It is never to late to start investing in quality fine works of art.