Where California Began Unframed Print


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Bursting with the bright, playful palette of sun-drenched southern California, this nostalgic painting harkens a hopeful quest for happiness in spite of the growing pains of young adulthood. Depicting Point Loma, the peninsular area of San Diego, the print’s title refers to both the colloquial name for the region so close to the southern border and the artist’s own relationship to the place she spent so much of her twenties exploring, questioning, learning, and growing. Through vibrant, cheerful hues of yellow and green, and the keen use of light shining through lush palms, the endless-summer aura of the region comes to life to remind the viewer that hope is worth holding and joy is worth chasing.

  • 16 x 20 in.
  • Paper larger than listed size to accommodate framing
  • Somerset Velvet fine art paper and pigment-based ink
  • By Noelle Phares