"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 is currently on exhibit in the 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Ct., and is available for sale.
"The Surf at Newport's Second Beach" 12x24, Oils on Canvas
"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.
"Crashing Surf" 12x36, Oils on Canvas
"Morning Refreshment" 24x36, Oils on Canvas
Before the sun becomes overwhelming, the cool of dawn persists for some time. Inspired by such conditions along Rhode Island's south shore, I have sought to display the shine of subtle light on the more distant wave. The central wave shows colors of a clear surf suspending very little sediment, the marks of a calm sea throughout the night. This painting was exhibited at the Bethesda Row Art Exhibition in Maryland and has sold to a private collection.
"Morning Highlights" 12x36, Oils on Canvas
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 is currently available for sale 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 is available for sale.
"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 is currently part of a special exhibit at the Mystic Seaport Museum entitled "Modern Marine Masters: America and the Sea" until the end of June, 2017.
"Light and Motion" 36x60, Oils on Canvas (sold to a private collection)
"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.
"Enduring Surf" 30x30, Oils on Canvas
This painting was inspired from Beavertail Light in Rhode Island. On this point, I can observe the surf rushing by the rocks through deeper water. In morning light, as depicted in this painting, the effect can be powerful. This painting is available for sale through Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI.
"Dawn at Watch Hill" 30x30, Oils on Canvas
I spent many mornings this past June observing the dawn surf at Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Arriving just before sunrise, I often watch the transformations of color and contrast. After working plein air on smaller pieces to rapidly capture the colors, I completed this painting later from my studio from information gleaned on site. This piece has been sold.
"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 is available for sale through Sheldon Fine Art.
"Patterns of Serenity" 30x40, Oils on Canvas
The pattern of foam, drawing the viewer back into the wave, provided the key inspiration to complete this work. I was intrigued by these patterns while observing on a bright morning in Bethany Beach, Delaware. This painting is on exhibit at Sheldon Fine Art in Newport RI.
"September Falls" 30x40, Oils on Canvas 2016
This painting was inspired in NE Pennsylvania, along Mt. Creek in the Pocono region. I have completed a number of artworks from this stream and each visit provides new ideas. This piece portrays the stream in September, when only the Witch Hazel, a common tree in the forest under-story, displays the coming hues of Autumn. This study provided me with the opportunity to explore a wide range of water dynamics common in forest streams. I am especially fascinated by the patterns of moss and lichens shown in the lower left foreground. This painting has been sold to a private collection.
"Sea in Motion" 20x30, Oils on Canvas 2015
I love to explore the dynamics of a cool stormy surf. The subtle greens and grays provide an interesting contrast with the movement of foam and spray. This piece was driven by many cool and rough days at Beavertail Point in Rhode Island. "Sea in Motion" has recently been sold.
"Summer's Evening" 24x30, Oils on Canvas 2015
Many evening walks on the beach in Southern New Jersey inspired this exploration in oils. This painting is available for sale through Sheldon Fine Art in Naples Florida.
"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.
"Summer Surf" 24x36, Oils on Canvas 2015
This oil painting was inspired by the surf at Watch Hill, RI. and is currently available for sale through Sheldon Fine Art, in Naples Florida.
"Tumbling Water" 24x36 Oils on Canvas, July 2013
Inspired by many years of backpacking on the Pennsylvania Black Forest Trail, this painting was in the planning stages for a very long time. I finally began work on it this past spring and completed it by the end of July. I enjoy watching the dynamics of cascading streams such as this, especially when they tumble down amongst moss-covered rocks. Similar scenes can be found in many places among the appalachians, so there is no shortage of inspiration for further studies of "tumbling streams". This original has recently been sold.