“Bioswale with Live Oak”, 9 x 12 oil on panel by Rita Alvarez
Here is my newest, hot off the easel painting. I created this painting on site, over several visits, and refined it later in my studio.
I selected this scene because of it’s unique beauty and ecological importance. It’s a Bioswale, and according to the University of California’s Arboretum in Davis, it provides some of the same benefits as natural wetlands. It creates habitat for wildlife, recharges ground water, filters pollutants and reduces runoff. It was pure joy standing in the middle of such a unique environment while painting.. I will certainly be back.