Currituck Beach Lighthouse

east coast lighthouse painting

© Copyright 2008 – Present

Size: 11″ x 14″
Support: Stretched canvas


Purchasing Information
$250 Plus S/H





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

Find out more about Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

For more information about the Outer Banks of North Carolina, visit their website.


Heceta Head Lighthouse

lighthouse seacoast painting

© Copyright 2000 – Present

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.

A Few Interesting Facts About Heceta Head Lighthouse

  • Year beacon first lit: 1894
  • Height: 56′
  • Automated: 1963
  • Year first constructed: 1892
  • Materials: Stucco, Brick
  • Coordinates: 44.13737°N, 124.127835°W
  • Tower shape: Conical attached to workroom
  • Original lens: First order Fresnel lens
  • Range: 21 nautical miles
  • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

For more information about this seaside attraction, please visit this website.