Golden Hills of California, is an oil painting of the hills and oaks in Central California, yet typical throughout most of the state. In the summertime the grass on the hills is a golden color with late afternoon shadows making a beautiful contrast with the dar oak trees. Many of the oaks of California are deciduous, but the coastal oaks are not. They tend to be shorter and more rounded than the taller and more graceful large-leaf variety of northern California and the Sierras. Maybe these hills that are covered with gold-colored grass are part of the reason it is called the golden state.