Horst Trave (1918 – 2012), part of the group of artists known as the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionists, painted thousands of works over some sixty years. Art for Horst was a heady brew of passion, talent, and renewal. While his talent and passion preceded World War II, his art took on purpose, direction and conviction after the war. He was deeply affected by it, described by some as one of the returning soldiers who really had to redefine themselves in relationship to society. The destruction, the sheer aggression and brutality, and the mass-scale death forced many vets to face the unspeakable. Somehow, Horst’s art captured an affirmative and optimistic view, a testament to the human capacity to transcend, to be resilient. Unlike some of his contemporaries, his work is full of color and life. Here we present a small sampling of those abstractions on color.