Featured Art: Twin Creek Vineyard

Chella Gonsalves, Modesto Branch, California
Twin Creek Vineyard, oil,  9×12 inches


Known mainly as a plein air artist, Chella Gonsalves portrays rural landmarks, rivers, architectural structures, and historical homesteads with oil paints, emphasizing light and dark contrast.

“California’s Central Valley provides many inspiring vistas, including vineyards, orchards, rivers, parks, and mountains. This particular vineyard is located near Lodi, California, at the Robert Mondavi Winery. The composition of the old oak, the colors of the vines, the light and shadow, and the distant scene all attracted me to this location for a plein air painting.” — Chella Gonsalves




  1. Chella, I really appreciate your sensitive use of color and light. Your brushstrokes are expressive and lively. Thank you for sharing your vision with us!

  2. Jill Adler says

    Craving a cabernet sauvignon! Love this, Chella.

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  4. Cleo Griffith says

    Chella is one of the finest artists in this rich valley. I love this painting, especially the way the foothills lie at the edge, makes me nostalgic and I live here!

  5. Sara Etgen-Baker says

    How captivating, Chella! You’ve beautifully captured the scenery and its essence. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lovely colors and texture!

    • Calder Lowe says

      Chella, the painting is so evocative in its composition. I feel transported back to a time when
      my husband and I visited a vineyard there.