Paul Roehl

As a longtime admirer of Arthur Mathews and other tonalists, I responded immediately to Paul Roehl’s landscapes and palette and am thrilled to have his work in the Gallery. Paul (his last name is pronounced rail) lives in Santa Cruz, having been raised in California, primarily in the South Bay Area. Though his primary interest is in contemporary non-objective or abstract imagery, he enjoys sketching plein-air and accurately recreating the techniques and style of late 19th and early 20th century landscape painters. He also turns to earlier Barbizon school painters for inspiration, as well as American tonalist painters, citing especially the subtle and fresh visual poetry of George Inness and William Keith.

Paul is currently an adjunct professor of Art and Art History at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. In May of 2015, Paul gave a one hour lecture in the Holton Studio Gallery. A video of the lecture can be viewed on this blog post.

Paul’s work was featured in our February, 2015 show,  “A Continuous Harmony: New Tonalist Paintings by Robert Flanary and Paul Roehl.” View the show’s webpage…

His painting “Sunrise, Fremont” from this show won first place at the 2015 Santa Cruz Art League’s 85th Annual State Wide Landscape Show.

—Tim Holton

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Oil on panel, 14″ x 18″. $1,600 painting only.
Framed in No. 400 CV (Low) BC—3″. Walnut (Dark Weathered stain) with a pale gold slip. (Inquire for other frame options).
Painting framed as shown: $2,400.

North Coast Hike

2016. Oil on panel. 8″ x 12″. Framed in a No. 243 cv profile in quartersawn white oak (Dark Weathered stain). $1,550.


2014, Oil on panel, 8-1/4″ x 20″. Framed in #322 – 2-5/8″ in quartersawn white oak with a Saturated Medieval stain and a 23 kt gilt slip. $1,800.

Dry Grass, Live Oak at Wilder

2014, Oil on panel, 8″ x 6″. Framed in #443 —2″ in quartersawn white oak with a Dark Weathered stain with a 23 kt gilt slip. $1,200.

Coast Range

2013, Oil on board, 9″ x 11″. Framed in Compound No. 2.3 CV—2” + Cap 400 CV—3/4”, in quartersawn white oak (Dark Weathered Oak) with 18kt gold slip. $1,545.