Gouache on Crescent art illustration board, 12" by 16", the subject the California desert, the desert stunted trees sharply highlighted against the dark hills, signed (in the wet paint) by listed California artist EFFIE PARNELL (1888-1986). Parnell was born in Minnesota and was the wife of actor Emory Parnell. She moved to Los Angeles in the 1930's and along with her husband acted in a number of productions, into the 1950's. In her spare time she was obviously a talented artist. Parnell was a member of Women Painters of the West in 1943. This work was found with a frame which is available at no extra cost, though at 20 3/4" by 24" that frame is rather large considering the size of the work itself. Shipping unframed would result in a much lower shipping cost than that shown. Condition of the art is good, some stubbing at extreme lower right corner, and at top right, tape used to hold the work in the frame will remove paint from a small edge area when it is removed. The final two images show that the work was apparently at one time sprayed with a spray varnish but only while it was in a mat, the result being that the area inside that former and now-discarded mat remains glossy to a certain extent, while the 1" to 2" wide area that was under that old mat remains dull, it never receiving the varnish. Viewed head-on, this is not an issue.
EFFIE PARNELL (1888-1986) vintage California plein air desert painting by actress and listed artist