Monday, February 15, 2016

The Atlantic Ocean

The ocean beaches on Long Island -- where I grew up and spent many sunny summer days -- are beautiful in winter, too. These two small oil paintings were done from a combination of photos and memory in warmer days, diving into the waves.

"Wave," oil on canvas, 9" x 12" (sold)

"Seascape, Atlantic Ocean at Westhampton Beach," 9" x 12"
I am fascinated by the ocean, at once beautiful and terrible. The constant motion of the waves, the changing color of the water, the difference from one day to the next, and the smell and sound of the sand and surf at any season is calming to my soul. Painting all that I see and feel as I walk along the beach is influenced by a lifetime of watching the waves. I had two teachers who inspired me to paint the ocean: Pete Klotz, my high school art teacher, and Marcose Blahove, who lived next door to me.