Oil on canvas, unframed, 30" by 40", the subject large boulders and rocks surrounding a small pool of water, executed in a photo-realist style in muted colors, signed at lower left with the artist's name, copyright symbol, and date 1985, and titled "Slow Water" and signed again on the reverse. This is a relatively early work by the noted Twentynine Palms, California contemporary artist and muralist CHUCK CAPLINGER. Caplinger's website details his rise in art circles from NASA illustrator, commercial artist and illustrator in the 1960's to award-winning muralist and southwestern landscape specialist today. Based out of a studio near Joshua Tree National Park, Caplinger creates fine wildlife and landscape art celebrating the outdoors and the Southwest. Along the way he has been commissioned to create large murals for many communities in California and Texas, as well as fine portraits of notables. Caplinger moved to California from his native Texas in 1980, working in Hollywood before the move to the desert. Today his murals celebrating the landscape and human history of many communities are treasured additions to those communities. The "Tribute to Marilyn" mural at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum is by his hand, as are murals celebrating the date packing industry in Indio, and aviation in El Segundo. This painting could benefit from a freshening with a light cleaning and some new varnish but could easily be framed and placed on your wall as is. There are a few scattered light hairline abrasions but they are lost in the action of the scene. See the artist's website for much more detail on his life and career in the arts. .
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