Impressionist oil landscape painting by artist Steve Allrich.

12"x12" | Oil on panel
Steve Allrich
Private Collection

I saw my first orange tree at the age of 22 when I drove to Arizona from Chicago (on a whim) to visit a friend. Now I live in Southern California and they're all over the place. Acres and acres of them. Still, for someone who grew up in the Midwest, there's something mildly exotic about them. This was a lot of fun to paint. Part of the challenge was to suggest enough detail in the leaves without getting pedantic about it. I'm definitely going to be doing a larger version of this one...