Every time I visit So Cal, I find these these concrete rivers to be wildly iconic phenomena. I find them both compelling and visually powerful (the huge rushing exaggerated perspective lines) and also antithetical to nature, so that I am silently routing on the passage of time and the environment reclaiming its own signature. But I have been painting urban landscape since I was a young man, always insisting that even in a concrete fabricated world, nature is present. This painting is second in a series.

- Nicholas Coley

San Gabriel River #3

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

30" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.



Nicholas Coley
Mill Valley, California

Getting to Know Nicholas

Twenty years ago, Nicholas Coley found himself studying at a small school in the south of France learning the fundamentals of plein air painting. Now, living in the urban San Francisco Bay Area, he continues to utilize the same technique of painting outside, though his current environment is somewhat different than the idyllic hills of Aix-en-Provence. Nicholas often incorporates city elements such as vehicles and asphalt roads into his landscapes. “I experiment with less conventional dynamics to arrange the urban and natural environments,” says Nicholas. “If you love nature enough, you will see it even here, in our urban world.”