Piru Farm, Santa Paula Valley, 12″ x 16″, Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell
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This was painted on location in the Santa Paula Valley just north of Los Angeles. Still very rural, it’s packed with miles of orange and avocado groves reminiscent of Old California. Chickens roam about freely, fresh produce and fruit stands dot the highway as it winds west towards the Pacific. I’ve tried to get a sense of the crisp, clean and healthy sense of this life in this valley during winter. I’ve always felt that if I wasn’t painting, I’d be involved somehow with agriculture. Both of my parents work in this field (heh): my dad in vegetable and flower seeds, and I grew up running around in my mom’s vegetable gardens and fruit trees, so I’ve always loved working in the yard.