Capturing iconic Newport Beach and beyond: Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Capturing iconic Newport Beach Palm Desert

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Artwork by Don Krotee

Palm Desert is right in the center of Coachella Valley, Calif. and was the ancestral homeland of the Cahuilla Native Americans. Since the first date palms were planted, the area became one of the fastest growing, during the 1980s-1990s. Currently, Palm Desert offers a wide range of recreational activities and 12 major parks including the Civic Center Park (pictured) spanning 70 acres. This piece was painted on site, Plein air, using 16” x 20” on 300-pound Fabriano paper.


Don Krotee is a 35-year resident of Newport Beach, a Corona del Mar Residents Association member, a board member of SPON and lives in Corona del Mar. He is an architect and a fine artist who has been drawing and painting from an early age. He provides Stu News drawings and paintings from iconic Newport Beach and the world. Follow for more from this artist.