Windblown Cypress Tree – California beach seascape oil painting

“Windblown Cypress Tree”
(Southern California seacoast)
11 x 14 oil on canvas

If you’re interested in this painting, please write.

From the moment I saw this California cypress tree I knew I had to do an oil painting of it. Most of my tree experience comes from the big four: eucalyptus, oaks, sycamores and palms. Cypresses only seem to grow natively near the ocean and they are almost always sculptural in form and are icons of California art. The iceplant growing at its roots, in the sandy dunes, provided an interesting textural contrast.


  1. Terry Banderas
    June 13, 2009

    Beautiful scene, nice composition and great color.

  2. Jo Castillo
    June 13, 2009

    Karen, this is beautiful. I am enjoying your seacoast paintings. Nice gesture in the tree.

  3. Lindsay B
    December 12, 2009

    Lovely. I, too, enjoy the sculptural element of the Cypress and I usually can only find a redwood in coastal paintings. The tree paired with the iceplant bring me right back to my college days in Santa Barbara.

  4. Cyprus Girl
    March 15, 2010

    very beautiful!

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