Oil on panel
©2010 Giselle Gautreau
This painting will be on view at Regale Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The show opens next month and will continue until the end of May.

About the painting: A couple of years ago we took our first ever trip to Yosemite. On our road trip with the kids, I really enjoyed taking in the changing landscape. We left the Santa Cruz Mountains, went through Silicon Valley and then headed across the Central Valley before getting to the Sierras. The Central Valley really struck me in it's flatness and how most of it seemed dedicated to agriculture on a grand scale. Field after field, orchard after orchard went by, and once in a while a small cluster of houses. This tree stood out... a cypress in the middle of nowhere, with the Sierras in the distance.