Oil on canvas painting, unframed, 8" by 10", titled on reverse "Among the Chino Hills", signed there and at lower right "L. Morrill R.", and dated 1930. The Chino Hills are outer suburban areas east of Los Angeles, now largely residential areas with excellent views. This early view shows a more wild untamed landscape in the blond golden California light. The palette is very light and gives an impression of the bright intense light for which Southern California is so well known. The full writing on the stretcher says, "Presented to our friend Mr. Garick December 25, 1930" and "Among the Chino Hills by L. Morrill R. Dec. 1930". Surprisingly I do not see a listing for this talented artist of so many decades ago. There is a slight uneven quality to the canvas in the sky at center. A light cleaning and varnish and gold frame would really make this shine. An excellent example of the "Plein Air" movement---a unique Christmas present of long ago that is more desirable today than on the day it was given. Paintings that show a particular named geographic area are very appealing to collectors.
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