Artist Comments: This painting is of no one in particular… just a dancer. Ballet is a form of dance and expression that I admire. If I had had opportunity to do so when I was a young girl, I would have loved to take ballet. But my family didn’t have a lot of money to spare. I am very grateful to be an oil painting artist though, thanks to my dad. Check out my artist bio.
I love live ballet performances. Nothing can compare with watching these talented artists on stage. The music, the sets, the ambiance, and the gracefulness of these dancers as they move across the stage is something to behold.
Performing ballet is not for “the faint at heart.” To become a professional dancer, training often starts as early as 2 years of age. And it takes years of extensive training and proper technique in order to hone one’s skill enough to become part of a professional dance company. In addition, ballerinas are at high risk of injury because the style and technique of this art form can be so demanding.
I was in my late teens when I saw my first ballet. My best friend Cyndie and her family had tickets to see the Nutcracker Suit at a theater in town. I can’t remember the reason why, but Cyndie wasn’t able to attend so she gave me her ticket. She felt of all her friends, I would appreciate the ballet the most and she was right. Thank you Cyndie for allowing me to have your seat at the ballet. I’ve love this art form ever since.
Size: 18″ x 24″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A rendition of mans first step onto the lunar surface. This painting did not require a frame as the image extended all the way around the sides of the painting.
I received my painting! Thank you very much, it’s a beautiful work of art! — P. Cooper, Yokosuka, Japan
Artist Comments: This painting depicts the historic event of man’s first walk on the moon. It is one of two custom paintings commissioned by an art collector living in Japan. The other painting is “Land Rover Tracks of Mars.”
Man first stepped on the moon July 20, 1969. The iconic footprint depicts the infamous day when Neil Armstrong first put his left foot on the rocky Moon surface. The Apollo 11 crew had taken TV cameras with them and this meant people all over the world could watch when it happened. You can read more about this historic event at NASA’s web site: Apollo 11 – First Footprint on the Moon.
First Footprint on the Moon is my first painting of the space art genre. Since I have never been to the moon nor seen the iconic footprint in person, it required some research on my part to come up with this composition. I used a NASA photo of the footprint and spent time studying their photos of the moon’s surface to get an idea of what it would be like there. For the background I used photos of strange “alien looking” landscapes found right here on earth to complete the composition. Then, I added the distant view of earth in the night sky to add the finishing touch. My client absolutely loved his painting when it was done. I love it too. In fact, he was so happy with it that he commissioned me to do another one for him. This time the setting would be Mars.
Size: 16″ x 12″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: A depiction of a famous Oregon coast lighthouse. This painting sold to a private art collector in California.
Artist Comments: I find Oregon to be one of the most beautiful places in America. Having lived there for a number of years, “The Beaver State” has inspired numerous paintings of its scenery. Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of those paintings.
This oceanview oil painting is of the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse, built between 1892-1893. Perched high on a bluff approximately 150 feet above the sea, it stands watch over the Oregon coast 2 miles north of the famous Sea Lion Caves. Its beam can be seen for 21 nautical miles making it the strongest light on Oregon’s coastline. Heceta Head Lighthouse is a favorite place for tourists as it is one of the most-visited lighthouses in the United States. The lighthouse offers visitors easy access and an outstanding view of the Oregon coastline and Pacific Ocean.
Although I no longer live in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon continues to be a source of inspiration for me. Below are two more paintings of Oregon.
Artist Comments: This snow painting was inspired by a photograph of the giant Sequoia trees located in Sequoia National Park, California. I’ve seen and walked among these giant trees, they truly are magnificent!
Size: 9″ x 12″ Support: Canvas panel board Description: A rendition of a Clownfish swimming among sea anemone. This painting sold to a private art collector in Texas.
Artist Comments: Clownfish are a salt water fish. They are also called Anemonefish because they are often found living among the sea anemone. They are colorful little sea creatures that come in a variety of colors: yellow, orange, or a reddish or blackish color, and many have three white bars or patches of white depending on the species. Clown Anemonefish prefer the warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, as well as the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea. They are not found in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, or Mediterranean Sea.
My painting makes this tiny fish look much larger than it really is, as they only grow to between 3 and 7 inches in length. I was visiting a pet shop with my kids one day where some of these where fish on display. I was simply amazed at how tiny these wondrous sea creatures actually are!
Some Interesting Facts About Clownfish
All Clownfish are born male. Later after maturity, some will become female.
They typically eat algae, zooplankton, worms and small crustaceans.
Clownfish live in a “symbiotic” relationship with their host anemones.
They are extremely aggressive fish and will defend their territory and the sea anemone that they live in.
The Clownfish will live up to 5 years in captivity and up to 10 years in the wild.
More information and photos of Clown Fish can be found here.
Size: 9″ x 12″ Support: Canvas panel board Description: An early painting by the artist depicting the Oregon coastline. This painting is owned by the artist’s daughter and is part of a private collection in Texas.
Artist Comments: This ocean wave painting is one of my early paintings just starting out as a professional artist. It shows the Oregon Coast looking south from the “Sea Lion Caves” towards Cox Rock. Cox Rock is one of thousands of islands which sits off the Oregon Coast. It is nearby to Sea Lion Point and Heceta Head.
The Sea Lion Caves is America’s largest sea cave and is located about midway on Oregon’s 400 miles of shoreline. It can reach from the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway U.S. Highway 101. For more information about the Sea Lion Caves visit their website.
There isn’t a lot of information about Cox Rock. What I have learned is it is an island off the Oregon Coast and which isn’t easily assessable if you want to explore it and it’s hard to find. Visitors to the island will probably want to use their GPS to guide them there. Coordinates are below.
Facts About Cox Rock, Oregon
Coordinates: 44.1109544°N, -124.1262313°W
Approx. Elevation: 75 feet (23 meters)
USGS Topo Map Quad: Mercer Lake
Feature Type: Island
Other Paintings of Oregon Scenery
I used to live in Oregon and have found it to be one of the most beautiful places on earth to live and paint. I’ve painted several paintings of Oregon scenery, some of which are listed below.
Artist Comments: One of the many things Oregon is known for is its covered bridges. Lane County seems to have an abundance of them. My friend Judy and I had a delightful time one autumn day discovering some of those bridges. The covered bridge depicted in this fall painting is Earnest Bridge over the Mohawk River.
You can find out more about the historic bridges of Lane county here.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Texas.