Tom De Walt
Santa Barbara, California

Tom de Walt has a great love for the ocean and the California coast. An avid surfer since childhood, Tom’s appreciation and connection to the seascape is both emotional and physical. For 28 years Tom lived in Hollister Ranch, a 14,400-acre plot of land along the seaside, just north of Santa Barbara, California. The ranch has a long history and chronology of natives, settlers, ranchers, and surfers residing there. Tom still goes to the ranch to paint. His interpretations of the mountains and valleys along this strip of coast capture an American romanticism. His work is a crossover between realism and a more graphic, pop style. The seascapes are picturesque and serene, with an atmospheric quality. The vivid colors are defined by crisp lines, which provide an illustrative feel to the work. Many of his paintings depict a sunset or sunrise on an isolated stretch of beach. Each scene presents a perfect moment of solitude, filled with a sense of renewal that is indicative of a new day, and the ecstasy of California’s magnificent, heavenly landscape.

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Big Sur Coast

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front and back

30" h x 40" w x 1" d
3 lbs. 0 oz.


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Big Sur is only a four hour drive up the coast from where I live in Santa Barbara, so I visit often. The inspiration for this painting is from a trip in October. The hills have a muted color which allows the ocean's colors and the ice plant, which sometimes turns red, to pop. Later that afternoon the wind really whipped up! 

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Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

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