Travel Paintings

by Steven John Koeppe
All paintings are available for sale unless noted as part of a collection.

 

An American
In Paris


1993 . Acrylic on canvas, 44"x54", by Steven John Koeppe

This is a view of Borce du Commerce , the old French stock exchange, from across the skylights of Forum Rambuteau. It is an underground shopping center at the entrance to the main metro and train station under Les Halles, a park at the center of Paris.


Mono Towers, Mono Lake, California  -   painting by Steven John Koeppe  

Mono Towers

Mono Lake, California

Acrylic on canvas, 18"x24", by Steven John Koeppe. 2004

These strange white towers (called Tufa) were formed very slowly underwater as calcium-rich springs emerge and react with the saline waters of Mono Lake. Standing as high as 30 feet, they indicate just how far the lake's waterlevel has fallen.


Mono Tree, Mono Lake, California  -   painting by Steven John Koeppe  

Mono Tree

Near Mono Lake, California

Acrylic on canvas, 18"x24", by Steven John Koeppe, 2004

A large tree stands alone, uphill from Mono Lake, high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Before this lake was tapped to quench the thirst of a growing Los Angeles, it was much larger. That's driftwood in the foreground, left high and dry as the lake receded. It's a lot of fun getting back to painting nature, again. Here's the photo I worked from.


Yelapa Paradise,
Jalisco, Mexico


1993 . Acrylic on canvas, 30"x40", by Steven John Koeppe

Yelapa is an out-of-the-way fishing village in the Mexican state of Jalisco, about 30 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. It is a great place to fish, scuba and snorkel, eat fresh seafood and relax on the beach.


Yelapa Bay,
Jalisco, Mexico


1993 . Acrylic on canvas, 36"x48", by Steven John Koeppe

This is the view from "No Dog John's" room at La Gunita-a small, surfside hotel. It is about 50 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, and accessible only by water. On the north side of a sandy beach, $20 per night will buy you paradise.


Yelapa Springs,
Jalisco, Mexico


1993 . Acrylic on canvas, 30"x40", by Steven John Koeppe

Up the canyon, along a river that winds its way out of the mountainous jungle, I came upon this interesting example of a front gate crafted from bed springs. I resolved to paint it upon my return. Detailing all those springs turned into quite a project.


Yelapa Palapa,
Jalisco, Mexico


1993. Acrylic on canvas, 18"x24", by Steven John Koeppe
Collection of Mark and Carol Koeppe

Homes along edge of Yelapa Bay enjoy a spectacular location. This one, only a few feet above the surf line, is built completely from native materials. Frequent hurricanes mean such structures are only temporary and must be rebuilt every few years. Still, what a wonderful place to live, or visit.


 

Lilly Point,
Point Roberts, Washington


2001 . Acrylic on canvas, 22"x30", by Steven John Koeppe
Collection of John and Pam Sheppard

I seldom have an opportunity to paint on-site. I'm fortunate to have friends living at the end of Pt. Roberts, a pennisula that hangs off Canada (just outside Vancouver) crossing the international boarder - just 7 square miles surrounded on 3 sides by Boundary Bay. While I was there I enjoyed watching lots of eagles and even a few Killer Whales.


Mon Kee Beach,
Kauai, Hawaii


1983 . Acrylic on canvas, 24"x36", by Steven John Koeppe
Collection of Brad and Pam Taft

When close friends invited me to photograph their wedding, I took the opportunity to look around and see the island as well. This painting was my wedding gift for Brad and Pam; it depicts their favorite spot, near the end of the road on the north side of the island.


Cape Sebastian, Oregon


1989 . Acrylic on canvas, 36"x48", by Steven John Koeppe
Collection of Tabesh Mirmirani

In the background is Cape Sebastian. Located along Route 101, it's about 100 miles north of the California border. The Cape offers all the coastal beauty of Carmel and Big Sur with few people. You must walk a path of about a mile and a half down 1000 feet to reach the ocean. Worth the walk, you're rewarded by a magical place and usually left all to yourself. In the foreground are surf fisherman harvesting smelt, which they grind into cattlefeed. Seagulls and pelicans hover about fishing for themselves or asking for handouts.


California's Central Coast


1974 . Acrylic on canvas, 20"x40", by Steven John Koeppe
Collection of John and Marilyn Koeppe

Among my first paintings on canvas, this piece was painted from imagination expressly for my parents. They have a great affinity for the vicinity around San Simeon, California.


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