Landscape with the upper two-thirds of the image a blue and white sky. The lower portion is a landscape with green land with brown patches. There are dark purple trees in the mid-ground and light purple trees in the distance along with two buildings.Title in lower left, numbered 14/75, signed in lower right
Stephen Duren attended the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1970s, and always favored working outside, directly from nature. During these periods of pleinair painting, he absorbed countless textures and patterns from the landscape, including that particular quality of light that is unique to California. This visual vocabulary became the foundation for his painting, moving from realism to abstraction. He was inspired by many European artists from the 1800s, including Constable, Corot, Corbet, Sisley, Van Gogh and Monet.