Lesley Goren: Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles

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I spend much time in the Santa Monica Mountains, a coastal mountain range in Southern California. During my explorations I’ve learned about the native California plants which grow along the canyons and line the hilltops. I’ve learned about the importance of place, of specific place, in a world that is becoming homogenized and monochrome. I’ve realized we need to preserve our unique landscapes, especially the threatened wilderness that surrounds and dots our cities.

I make images of native California plants to explore their mysteries and share their beauty. My art exists between fine art and graphic art and I hope that people encounter my images in unexpected places. I want people to ask why these plants? Why these landscapes? I aim to affirm our connection to the natural world, and to stress the importance of preserving it. 

With Love From California - 11'' x 14'' - Gouache On Paper 

With Love From California - 11'' x 14'' - Gouache On Paper 

Malosma Laurina Dream - 8'' x 10'' - Gouache On Paper 

Malosma Laurina Dream - 8'' x 10'' - Gouache On Paper 

Poppies, White Sage, Laurel Sumac - Digital Painting

Poppies, White Sage, Laurel Sumac - Digital Painting

Flowers Leading to Santa Ynez Trail - 8'' x 10'' - Gouache On Paper

Flowers Leading to Santa Ynez Trail - 8'' x 10'' - Gouache On Paper