From Afar, Trestles
From Afar, Trestles (2017)
Gifted by The Edward H. and Yvonne J. Boseker Collection
In From Afar, Trestles, Rick J. Delanty captures one of Orange County’s best-known spots for surfing. Located between northern San Onofre Beach and southern San Clemente, Trestles is a three and a half mile stretch of coastline made up of five separate surf breaks and named after Trestles Bridge, the original railroad bridge that surfers walked under to reach the beach. The painting is heightened by effervescent color, furious brushwork, and an explosion of light—qualities present throughout much of Delanty’s body of work.
Rick J. Delanty (b. 1951)
Rick J. Delanty has painted the California landscape en plein air and from his San Clemente studio for more than four decades. He is best known for his impressionist style and has been recognized over the years with numerous awards and accolades. A lifelong educator, Delanty taught painting and drawing at San Clemente High School from 1974 to 2006 where he also served as the chair of the art department. He continues to teach workshops and classes for adults, and in 2021, he published a new book, Beauty Unites Us, that includes more than 50 of his paintings accompanied by essays reflecting on his life and artistic practice.
Year acquired: 2017