Artworks, Through the Eyes of Artists


Randall Von Bloomberg, Torrance

Project Description

Tucked among some of Torrance’s busiest streets, the Madrona Marsh Preserve and nearby nature center provide respite for waterfowl and city dwellers alike. The 43-acre urban oasis is a natural habitat to native plants and animals, and serves as a rest stop for migrating birds like the foraging egrets depicted here. One of the area’s last freshwater marshes with vernal pools fed by seasonal rainfall and runoff, the preserve provides a glimpse of Los Angeles’s historical landscape.

Artist Statement

“In my painting, three migrating egrets find food and rest beneath a cascading tree within the Madrona Marsh Preserve. [These] moments are taken from a meditative stroll, where strokes and shapes of vibrant color, translate into the forms and sounds of nature.”

About the Artist

RANDALL VON BLOOMBERG (b. Miami, FL) is a Los Angeles-based painter whose luminous, layered canvases are inspired by the often-unexpected plant life thriving in his urban surroundings. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. His work has been exhibited throughout the Los Angeles region and in New York and Florida. A longtime professor of art, Von Bloomberg has taught at El Camino College, Santa Monica College and Pasadena City College, to name a few. Among a number of other accolades, Von Bloomberg was selected as 2019 artist-in-residence at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley, California.