ORIGINAL framed Robert Gray watercolor, vintage from 1981, entitled "Santa Rosa Creek Road", the piece features a two-story home with large trees surrounding it, and cows grazing in front. Santa Rosa Creek Road is a beloved scenic drive outside the Central Coast town of Cambria, California.
The piece is signed and dated by the artist, and titled in pencil "'Santa Rosa Creek Road' Cambria, Cal". Framed with a wire on the back ready for hanging.
Beveled solid wood frame measures 21" x 17" x 1.25". Visible watercolor measures 13 7/8" x 9 7/8". Double matted in light brown and cream behind glass. Custom framed at Bob Brooks Creative Framing in Clovis, CA.
The Certificate of Authenticity is loosely affixed to the backing paper and is a form COA for Gray's lithographic prints. Above the lithograph information is written in pen, "Original painting by Robert Gray from Art Tower Gallery, Cambria". It is stamped with the gallery's address and has a photographic image of Gray painting.
The biographical information reads, "Robert Gray was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he showed an early interest in art and graphics. In senior high school he was the winner of the Annual Scholastic Art Achievement Award.
After a brief term in the U.S. Navy, he was awarded a scholarship from Chouinard Art Institute of Los Angeles where he majored in Advertising Design.
In the years following art school Mr. Gray operated his own freelance design studio, serving as a graphic designer and consultant for numerous companies and institutions throughout the southland.
In 1974 Mr. Gray retired from commercial art to devote himself full time to painting. After experimenting with oils and acrylics he found watercolors to be the most enjoyable and rewarding and is currently painting almost exclusively in this media.
Mr. Gray has studied under such well-known artists as Rex Brandt, Robert E. Wood, Morris Shubin, Milford Zornes and Robert Uecker. He has developed a unique style which reflects the influence of each of these painters but is dominated by a strong design sense and graphic interpretation which is all his own. For the brief period of time Mr. Gray has been exhibiting, his work and name are becoming known in an ever expanding circle. His paintings may be found in private collections across the United States and in many foreign countries and is currently exhibiting in numerous galleries throughout California.
After twenty-seven years in the Los Angeles area the Grays have moved their home and studio to Morro Bay, California where Robert finds a wealth of subject matter among the wharves, boats, beaches and coves as well as the barns and rural scenes of central California. From his home base, Robert's frequent painting trips cover a radius from northern California through Arizona and south to Mexico.
Mr. Gray is a true landscape painter in the sense that all his paintings are done from nature. Those which are finished in the studio are at least conceived and planned on location. This continuous return to nature in search of new ideas and material result in the constantly changing style and fresh, unstilted approach which marks his works.
Mr. Gray's busy schedule is divided between painting, demonstrations, lectures, and conducting workshops throughout California. His work has been exhibited with Watercolor West and he is currently a member of the National Watercolor Society."
Watercolor in excellent condition. There are a few small spots and dings to the frame. Frame overall in excellent condition. Backing paper loosely affixed, worn off with age.
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