A vintage circa 1930's watercolor of old two story hotels on a block in Oakdale, in California's Central Valley, between San Francisco and Yosemite, signed at lower right by listed California woman artist ESTELLA HOISHOLT (1889-1979). The buildings are of brick and a quaint, older style rarely seen nowadays in California, countless earthquakes having taken their toll on masonry buildings. Several figures linger around the hotels, and water is reflected in the foreground of what may be an unpaved street. Hoisholt was born in California of Danish parentage. She studied in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Institute on Nob Hill, and at Stanford University. For thirty years she was an instructor at the art department of San Jose College. The artist moved to Saratoga at the base of the Peninsula in the 1930's and apparently remained there for the rest of her life. Her favorite painting venues included the San Jose area, Los Gatos, and the area around Columbia in the Mother Lode gold country (east of Oakdale, which is in the valley's flat floor). The watercolor remains vibrant. Two minor edge tears, one at top and one at left, are the result of its traveling in the original tattered mat, to which it was taped in places. I have separated it from that mat and will discard most of that, but will retain the portion on which the artist wrote, in pencil, the title and location. Again on reverse is the word "Oakdale", in pencil. Measures 14 1/2" by 11 1/2" unframed.
ESTELLA HOISHOLT (1889-1979) California 1930's watercolor painting Oakdale in Central Valley