Aerial view of an edge of a pond with a reflection of a pine tree and ripples in the water. The top third is grass with a path running into the water on the left. There is a pine tree on the right.One of a complete set of four.Numbered 14/20, 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.