"Early Surf" 30x30, Oils on Canvas
"Morning Rising" 24x72, Oils on Canvas.
The bright morning sun at a low angle drove my exploration of surf dynamics in this painting. This painting was inspired by mornings of painting and sketching on the beach along the south shore of Rhode Island. With the sun at just the right height, the combination of color and movement is unforgettable. Every wave displays new patterns for me to explore on canvas. This piece is available for sale through Sheldon Fine Art in Newport, Rhode Island.
"Morning Calm" 15x30, Oils on Canvas.
"Cool Surf" 18x48, Oils on Canvas. This painting has sold to a private collection.
"Along the Beach" 24x24, Oils on Canvas, 2019.
An exploration of the surf off the Cliffs of Acquinnah on Martha's Vinyard has inspired a wealth of new paintings. This painting is on exhibit at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.
"Enduring Rhythm" 18x24 Oils on Canvas, 2019.
This painting was inspired by the surf off the south shore of Rhode Island. It is available for sail through the Simie Maryles Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
"Breakthrough" 24x48, Oils on Canvas. 2019
This painting was inspired by observing the dynamics of surf near Beavertail Lighthouse on Conanucut Island, RI. Here, on many days, the subtle greens of rough surf are captivating to me. With this piece, I sought to display the effects of the sunlight just beginning the break through. I was also drawn to the complexity of movement along the wave crests as they approached and broke upon the rocks. This painting is on exhibit at the Simie Maryles Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and is available for sale.
"Break of Day" 12x36, Oils on Canvas, 2018
The best time to enjoy dramatic lighting is during the early hours and is my favorite time to paint on the beach. This painting, completed in the studio, was inspired by mornings painting just east of Watch Hill RI. Currently on display at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI, this piece is available for sale.
"Morning Waves" 20x60, Oils on Canvas, 2018
I never cease to be amazed and obsessed by the interplay of light upon the surf. Bright sunny mornings such as this are especially dramatic. Every wave is different, displaying new dynamics I have never painted before. The scenes may be familiar, yet the patterns are always unique. I think I will never tire of painting the sunlit surf. This painting was inspired along the south shore of Rhode Island and is available for sale through Sheldon Fine art in Newport RI.
"Dawn's Glow" 24x30, Oils on Canvas, 2018
This painting was inspired by a morning of plein-air painting on the beach at Watch Hill Rhode Island. Shortly after the sun has risen, the light, coming from the left, produces a wonderful glow upon the foam and spray of the waves. This sky still retains the glow of dawn on this calm morning.
"Autumn into Winter" 24x30, Oils on Canvas, 2018
Even in the height of winter, the remnants of autumn remain. The leaves of the American Beech tree, my favorite deciduous species, hang on through the heaviest of snowstorms. As displayed in this painting, they provide a wonderful contrast to the the blue shadows across a snowy landscape. With little to shade the scene at this time of year, the low angle lighting seems to accentuate the variety of textures and patterns on the tree trunks. I love walking among the trees when snow covers the forest floor. This painting captures one of those explorations.
"Cool Surf in Motion" 30x40, Oils on Canvas, 2018
This painting was inspired off the tip of Conanicut Island, RI. After the effects of stormy seas, the surf here as begun to settle down. I enjoyed exploring the subtle greens in the water, so prevalent before the skies have fully cleared. This painting has recently been sold to a private collection.
"Break and Plunge" 12x36, Oils on Canvas, 2018 (sold)
"Early Morning Breakers" 18x36, Oils on Canvas, 2018
"Morning on the River" 12x36, Oils on Canvas, 2018
Morning walks on the beach shortly after dawn have inspired a wide range of my paintings. I this piece, I enjoyed taking a low angle view to better convey the power of the approaching waves. This painting was inspired along the coast of southern New Jersey.
Looking Northeast in the Delaware River, this painting was inspired by many calm and cool mornings. The best way to explore the river is by canoe, and on this morning in particular, the atmosphere created by the low angle sun was spectacular. This painting portrays a region 2 miles north of the Delaware Water Gap, where its shorelines and many islands remain in their natural state. This piece is available for sale through Icon Galeria in Alexandria, VA.
"Surf in Late Afternoon Light" 30x30, Oils on Canvas, 2018 (Sold)
"Highlights upon the Surf" 30x30, Oils on Canvas
This painting was inspired from plein-air painting at Watch Hill Rhode Island, and later, completed in the studio. Spending a number of days painting an hour or two after dawn, I enjoyed capturing the low angled lighting coming in from the left. The colors in the water on these mornings, coupled with the wonderful hues in the sand provided great contrasts with which to display the transitions of the advancing surf. This piece was exhibited in the 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Ct., and has sold.
"The Surf at Newport's Second Beach" 12x24, Oils on Canvas
I love this location! Ironically, this is the first painting that I have completed from the site. The cliffs and rock formations remind me of many pieces completed by the 19th century marine masters; John F. Kensett and William Trost Richards. Perhaps they too painted here. The whole scene provides a great context for exploring atmosphere and lighting. In this piece, the sky effects are quite subtle. I plan for this to be merely the first of many paintings from Newport's second beach. This painting has sold.
"In Dawn's Light" 24x48, Oils on Canvas
In this piece, I portray the surf on a clear morning. The bright sun, coming in from the left, provided for interesting contrasts on the distant waves. I was especially intrigued by the greens in the waves on this particular morning, in Watch Hill RI. This painting is currently available for sale through the Icon Galeria in Alexandria VA.
"Crashing Surf" 12x36, Oils on Canvas (Sold to a private collection)
"Morning Highlights" 12x36, Oils on Canvas (Sold)
When stormy skies break in the morning, allowing the sun to highlight the surf, the color contrasts can be dramatic. On this morning, the sea still retains the deeper hues of a stormy atmosphere, but the light foretells the coming of a bright day. This painting was inspired by a morning in Avalon, NJ, and has recently sold.
"Early Morning Surf" 18x48, Oils on Canvas
I enjoyed spending time last summer painting plein air on the beach at Watch Hill, RI. Arriving at dawn to paint, I am often inspired by the clarity of the surf and the direction of lighting. I completed this painting in studio from plein air works and material gathered on site. This piece has recently been sold through Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI.
"Meeting of Land and Sea" 10x30, Oils on Canvas
I love rocky coastlines. Here, unencumbered by human development, it seems the sea is free to be itself. This painting was completed along Beavertail Point on Conanicut Island RI., and has been sold through Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI.
"Calm off Mason's Island" 18x48, Oils on Canvas
This painting was completed in studio from material gathered on site over a week of plein air painting. The rocks provide a fantastic range of composition options, and I enjoyed contrasting them to the colors of a calm sea. This piece was part of a special exhibit at the Mystic Seaport Museum entitled "Modern Marine Masters: America and the Sea" in 2017.
"Three Whale Boats" 48x48, Oils on Canvas
After spending a week of plein air painting in the area surrounding Mystic Ct., I completed this painting from material and smaller works painted on site. These are three of the historic whale boats on display at the Mystic Seaport Museum. They were tied up to the dockside near the Whaling ship "Charles W. Morgan". This piece is currently on display and available for sale at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI.
"Wave at Dawn" 36x72, Oils on Canvas
Walks on the beach at dawn have always provided me with a wealth of inspiration. This particular painting was driven by a morning in Ocean City, New Jersey. The surf was laden with foam and I was intrigued by its contrast to the sky beyond. The piece is available for sale through Sheldon Fine Art in Newport, RI.
"Breaking into Shallow Surf" 36x72, Oils on Canvas
An early evening walk on at Watch Hill RI inspired this study of surf. I was interested in exploring the movement of shallow water and foam over sand. The foreground depicts patterns when the saturated sand recedes back into oncoming water. I've observed these patterns for years, but at this location and time, the clarity and color was just right to drive this piece. As a result of my observations this past summer, I have many more paintings planned to explore these dynamics of shallow surf. This painting has recently been sold.
"Bright Morning Break" 36x72, Oils on Canvas 2015.
This painting displays many of the features of a breaking wave I enjoy the most on a sunny day. At the very crest, as the breaker suspends itself before curling, time seems to stop. This is a place and point in time I celebrate in paintings such as this. The painting is a process during which I explore and interact with this dynamic moment. This piece was inspired by the surf off Beavertail Point in Rhode Island. Although this original painting has been sold, limited edition prints are available.