This painting is headed to my show at the Debra Huse Gallery in California this February. This is a scene I found on a trip to southern California this past fall. It’s fun to paint a new place and also look into the artists who’ve worked there before. California has a great history of impressionism and plein-air painting, so I enjoyed looking at images of their work before and after my trip. One of my favorite California painters is William Wendt, who helped me solve some of the problems of how to paint the colors of the west coast and the mountains. I found some of these artists through the Irvine Museum in California, which has a great collection of West Coast paintings.