Then there are painters who impose their style on whatever landscape comes before them. This can be a bit difficult in a California environment, because California's visual character can get diminished in the process.
What got me to thinking about this again was a visit to Seattle's Woodside / Braseth Gallery where an opening party was being held for landscape artist Lisa Gilley. She represents the case of an artist imposing style upon subject matter. Her paintings are strongly done, oil-on-board. I note that the settings she chooses to depict have clear skies and little or no forestation. That is, even though she lives in western Washington, there was no painting showing lots of fir trees and gray, misty skies. Her style cannot easily accommodate that.
First, some examples of California Impressionism.
Payne's coloring is not quite the same as Bischoff's, but the influence of Southern California mountains strongly affects both works.
Here Payne deals with the rugged part of the Sierras.
Wendt's take on California mountains showing bare rock.