Artist Comments: Fishing is a popular recreation for those lucky enough to find the time to fish for the “big one.” I don’t particularly like to fish myself, but I have several friends who do enjoy this sport. I found this particular marine life painting an interesting subject to paint.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Virginia.
Artist Comments: A still life (plural still lifes) is a painting in which the setting is composed mostly from inanimate objects. Still lifes can be made up of objects that are either natural, man-made, or a combination of both. Natural objects would be things found in nature, such as food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc. Man-made objects would be various items like drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, ceramics, and so forth.
This particular painting is a nautical still life. Most people envision a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers, or a figurine sitting on a table when they think of a still life. However, a still life can be composed of any inanimate object. I found these fishing boat fenders tied to the pillar of a pier a very interesting subject to paint because of the “close-up view” and the contrast in texture (wood pier, rusty chains and rubbery boat fenders.)
In case you didn’t know, a boat fender is a type of bumper or cushioned buffer used to prevent a boat or other watercraft from bumping into a dock, pier or another boat causing damage to its hull. They are usually constructed from rubber, foam or plastic, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on what they are being used for.
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.