Davis artist Philippe Gandiol turned his back for only a minute, but that was long enough for a thief to make off with Gandiol’s newly finished painting early Sunday morning in Central Park.
Gandiol had placed a box containing the framed 11-by-14-inch painting, titled “Greens and Grays,” on a picnic table in the park while he finished unloading his vehicle parked nearby as he prepared for a plein air painting class.
“It happened really fast,” the artist said of the disappearance of the painting, valued at approximately $900. “(My students) and I talked to everyone in the park but they didn’t see anything.”
Gandiol, a renowned plein air artist who has lived in Davis for nearly 30 years, started the painting a week ago during a lesson with a student. He was planning to use it as a teaching tool in Sunday’s class before delivering it to a gallery for exhibit.
Gandiol said he is prepared to offer a reward for the return of the artwork. For more information, contact him at 530-304-2401 or [email protected].