Size: 12″ w x 9″ h Support: Canvas panel board Description: A depiction of a beached shrimp boat along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). This painting comes in a complimentary rustic frame and arrives at your door ready to hang on the wall.
Artist Comments: During the summer of 1999, my husband and I sailed his 36 foot sailboat up the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) from Florida to Virginia. Robert was in the military at the time and was being transferred from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to Naval Station Norfolk. Along the waterway we saw many interesting sites which offered a number of opportunities to take reference photos for future paintings. This is an oil painting from one of the many photos taken on this trip.
The ICW is a 3,000-mile system of inland rivers, channels and canals along the eastern and southeast coast within the United States. This ribbon of navigable water is divided into the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Parts of the waterway are manmade canals while other sections are natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays and sounds. The ICW runs along the east coast from Boston, MA going south along the Atlantic Seaboard and around the southern tip of Florida, then following the Gulf Coast to Brownsville, TX. The purpose of the waterway was to provide a safe and navigable water route that could be traveled by both light-weight commercial barges and personal pleasure crafts in order to avoid many of the hazards of travel on the open sea.
Artist Comments: Currituck Beach Lighthouse is located at Whale Head Bay in Corolla, North Carolina on the northern end of the “Outer Banks”. Its distinct unpainted natural red brick appearance is in contrast with fellow lighthouses along the North Carolina coast which are painted in striking black and white. Built in 1875, it is still used today to light the dark stretches of the southern Atlantic coastline. Annually the lighthouse welcomes an average of 185,000 visitors and we were among them.
One summer my husband and I loaded up the kids and headed off for the Outer Banks to discover the lighthouses we’d heard so much about. We lived in Virginia at the time and was only two hours away from the OBX (Outer Banks). Currituck Lighthouse was our first stop and the favorite of all the lighthouses we visited that fun filled weekend. We were excited to discover that visitors can climb its 220 steps to the top and look at the spectacular view. We’ve been back to this lighthouse several times since that first trip and we always enjoy seeing this it over and over again.
Some Interesting Facts About Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Year beacon first lit: 1875
Number of steps: 220
Height to focal plane of lens: 158 feet
Height to top of roof: 162 feet
Number of bricks: approximately one million
Thickness of wall at base: 5 feet 8 inches
Thickness of wall at parapet: 3 feet
Position: 34 miles south of the Cape Henry Lighthouse (VA)
32 1/2 miles north-northwest of Bodie Island Lighthouse
Coast Survey Chart: 36° 22’36” N latitude, 75° 49’51” W longitude
Artist Comments: Covered wagons and pioneers are one of the first things that come mind when I think of the Old West. I love that sense of adventure and pioneering spirit that drove early settlers to pack up their family, mount a covered wagon and move across the Great Plains to settle out West. They are indeed an icon of the American Old West.
Sometimes the covered wagon was also called a “prairie schooner” because the white canvas covers of the wagons crossing the prairies reminded some writers of the sails of a ship at sea.
Artist Comments: Artists will often use reference photos to compose their paintings from. Sometimes they will create their composition from only one photo and at other times several photos are used. There’s nothing wrong with painting from photos, artist do it all the time.
This still life painting is a combination of several such reference photographs which depicted the nautical elements I wanted to portray in my painting. One of those elements was coral. Coral can be found in so many different shapes, sizes and colors. Although, pinks and reds are the most common colors. They are tiny sea creatures which live in the ocean in large colonies that look like plants. They will live all of their adult lives in one place and prefer the places where the water is warmer. When they die their skeletons form a hard stony substance also called coral. Large deposits of coral often accumulate to form reefs or islands.
I had never used coral in a painting before, so as I considered painting a still life with a nautical theme, I felt it would be very interesting to include some coral in this one. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I especially like the nautical lantern to finish out this marine themed still life.
Size: 18″ x 24″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: Tracks left behind by one of the land rovers on the surface of Mars and one of its two small moons visible in the sky. This painting did not require a frame as the image extended around the edges of the painting.
Artist Comments: This painting is a depiction of the tracks left behind on the Martian landscape by one of the land rovers. It is also one of two custom paintings commissioned by an art collector in Japan. The other painting is called “First Footprint on the Moon.”
My client did not want the actual land rover in his painting, he just wanted the tracks that were left behind on the “red planet” by the robot vehicles. I had to do some research on this subject before I could actually compose this painting. So I looked at many NASA photographs of Mars and the two now famous land rovers before starting this painting. I had to get a feel of what the landscape is like as well as study the wheels of the land rovers so I could understand how their tracks were made when they moved across the dusty landscape. My client was very pleased when he saw his painting for the first time.
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER) is an ongoing robotic space mission that began in 2003 with they sent two land rovers to explore the Martian surface and geology. Read more about NASA’s Mars land rover expeditions.
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Size: 24″ x 18″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A vivid sunset with the silhouette of a cowboy. This painting will not need a frame as the painted image extends around the edges of the canvas.
Artist Comments: Some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world happen right here in Texas, but of course I might be just a tad bit biased in that regard. I love the bright, colorful sunsets that I have the privilege of enjoying almost every evening. I also love the idea of cowboys, horses and the Old West. I remember back in my childhood pretty much all you could watch on TV were westerns. It was a fantasy life all us kids dreamed about living someday. We would pretend to be cowboys and rode imaginary horses for hours until mom called us in for supper.
When my husband decided it was time to retire from the Navy and settle down to live life as civilians, we bought some land and built a small ranch in East Texas with a couple of horses, a donkey and a few head of cattle. It was our dream to live the cowboy way of life. The cowboy in this painting is of no one in particular, just a cowboy.
Some Funny Quotes About the “Cowboy Way of Life”
• If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
• Always drink upstream from the herd.
• Don’t squat with your spurs on!
• Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town.
• Few cowboys ever owned much. The primary reward of being a cowboy is the pleasure of living a cowboy’s life.
Artist Comments: This painting was a fun one to do. At first it appears to be a bit surreal which is not the genre of art that I normally do. I’m a realist painter and in my work I strive to represent the world as it actually appears. This painting is actually a landscape and was painted from an actual photograph that was taken in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Africa. It depicts camelthorn trees with a sand dune rising in the background. The sand dune is bathed in orange by the effects of a rising sun. The trees are in shadow from another nearby dune. Some believe these trees have been dead for hundreds of years and that their failure to decompose is because the desert is so arid.
Artist Comments: This painting is a religious themed landscape painting portraying the cross in silhouette against a colorful evening sky. It is not to be taken as the literal representation of the crucifixion of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rather it depicts that moment in time just after the disciples took His lifeless body down from the cross.
The Holy Bible tells us about this momentous historical event throughout its pages. From Scripture we learn that Jesus Christ endured the crucifixion from approximately 9 A.M until 3 P.M. and that His dead body was removed from the cross just before sundown. Whereas, the four New Testament Gospels describe some kind of supernatural phenomena which occurred at the moment of His death.
From the four Gospels we learn…
The Gospel of Matthew account mentions an earthquake, the opening of the saints tombs in the vicinity and the resurrected saints making an appearance in Jerusalem.
The Gospel of Mark reveals how darkness spread throughout the land and the temple veil being ripped in two.
The Gospel of Luke tells us Jesus was crucified with criminals and that the Roman soldiers mocked Him and cast lots for His clothing.
The Gospel of John describes how the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and that Jesus was crucified at Golgotha which means the place of the Skull.
Artist Comments: In the summer of 2000 a friend of mine made several business trips to Ireland. After he completed his work for the day, he would venture out into the nearby countryside and local communities to see the sites and take photos of his trip. This landscape painting is from a photo of one of the places he visited while there. It depicts Bunratty, a small folk village in southwest Ireland not far from Shannon and Limerick. The village gets its name from nearby Bunratty Castle, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. The castle is a major tourist attraction famous for its medieval banquets. Bunratty Castle overlooks the Raite river and the village lies just to the west of the castle. The castle and village are open to the public and feature around 30 buildings.
Fun Facts About Bunratty
Bunratty is an Irish word which means “End of the Raite River”.
The first settlement in Bunratty is thought to have been built by Vikings in the 10th century and possibly destroyed by an Irish king named Brian Boru.
The castle was built around 1277 by Mucegros, a Anglo-Norman ruler.