Northen CA. Coast
The painting depicts a Northern California Coast scene with a sailboat in the foreground and a pier in the background. The time of day is close to sunset according to the artist, who wanted to capture a moment when both warm and cool colors are present together at that time of day.
The work was completed on location while traveling through Sonoma County, CA with the artist’s family. The work is oil on canvas, and was completed circa 2010.
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Maui scape triptych
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76 Rodeo, CA.#1
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