Subject Tags: impressionist landscape, impressionism, scenic landscape painting, california artist, california landscape, original painting, oil painting, samta monica mountains, mountains, landscapes, plein air painting, california, malibu, sandstone peak, small landscape painting
Size: 12"W x 6"H x 0.125"D
Year Created: 2017
I really worked hard to create this painting. I hiked 1.5 miles up to the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains, Sandstone Peak. The total elevation gain was over 1000 feet. It was a real workout caring my painting set up there. From the top the evening views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and the rock formations looked simply enchanting. I felt like the happiest person on top of that mountain and I got to paint this unique scene with light bouncing off of the ocean, islands floating in it and strong sandstone formations backlit by the setting sun with greenery popping in between.
Born in Lithuania and raised in the Russian part of the Soviet Union I now reside on the outskirts of greater Los Angeles in the free-spirited Topanga Canyon, where I am able to quickly access the little known rural scenes in the Santa Monica Mountains, as well as famous and popular beaches and cliffs from Malibu to Santa Monica. By gracefully simplifying my brushwork and color I aim to convey the feeling of vastness of the California landscape. My floral watercolors are Botanical Plein Air, where I find the beauty in not only the flowers, but in the imperfections of withered leaves and stems. Each spring I hike on local trails to paint the diverse and delicate California's wild flowers. My fresh palette and brushstrokes are the result of the academic art training I received in Moscow, Russia and many years of painting en plein air in Southern California.