11in x 14in, pastel on board, Private Collection
Eucalyptus tree rows and strawberry fields give Oxnard, California its unique character and beauty. The harvester’s work is back breaking beginning each day before dawn to pick the harvest and primp the fields. The often foggy mornings in the fields are peaceful and elegantly quiet. The tiny white blossoms bring intensely sweet, shiny red berries which sparkle on the vines.
This painting was commissioned by the City of Oxnard as a cultural art exchange for their sister city, Ocotlan, Mexico. The Sister City Program International was established in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a means of encouraging peace for a better world through understanding, cooperation, friendship, and goodwill. Today, more than one thousand cities throughout our fifty states are connected to international cities through this amazing program.
It was a sincere honor to paint “Strawberry Field and Eucalyptus”.