Forget the old question about whether it rains in Southern California. Does it snow? Terry d. Chacon is here to tell you “yes,” and she has the plein air painting to prove it.

Lead Image: Terry d. Chacon, painting frozen precipitation in Oak Glen, California

The Redlands, California, artist heard that snow was on the ground in the hills beyond her town. She sought it out, braved the cool temperatures, and painted it.

“SoCal Driver,” by Terry d. Chacon, 2016, oil on canvas board, 9 x 12 in.
“SoCal Driver,” by Terry d. Chacon, 2016, oil on canvas board, 9 x 12 in.

“I can remember a dusting a couple of times in the last 29 years in this area,” she says. “Oak Glen, where I painted this, does get snow. It’s at a higher altitude, but because of the drought, not much has fallen over the past five years. Big Bear and Running Springs, which have a couple of ski resorts, have been making their own snow the past few years. We are very happy to have a lot of snow this year, and I will be taking advantage of being able to paint snow closer to where I live.”

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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