This is another painting from Rockport, Massachusetts. Looking down from the harbor wall is a long line of rowboats tied to the dock. I enjoyed the different shapes, angles and colors. The pattern of the image intrigued me.
Last year my wife and I took a trip up the New England coast. We enjoyed sailing at Newport, Rhode Island, Nantucket Island and Kennebunkport Maine. Along the way I decided to make a stop at Rockport, Massachusetts. There’s a beautiful harbor there. I wanted to find someplace with boats in it and I’ve painted several from that location. Rockport’s well known trademark is a red shack on Bearskin Neck Wharf. It’s known and recognized all over the world. It is the most painted structure in America and has been named “Motif No. 1.” I guess I had to be like thousands of other painters who’ve used it in my art. I had no idea it was so famous when I saw it and only found out about it’s fame when I finished the painting.
I love the ferry ride from Hyannis to Nantucket. As the boat nears the port, hundreds of gray shingled buildings come into view and dozens of sailboats are docked. It’s such a thrilling sight to me . . . I love sailing and I love the water. Nantucket has such an exciting atmosphere. While there I walk the waterfront to look at the boats and dream of taking a ride. I’ve had the opportunity of sailing from there and I hope to go fishing from there, too. This is a typical scene along the wharf — the boat bobbing up and down and the reflections in the water.
This is a portrait of my daughters, Jennifer and Sarah. I wanted them in a formal setting. Originally they were in a living room next to a fireplace. After that, I tried to put them in a forest. I realized that those backgrounds tended to overshadow the subjects — my daughters. I decided to keep the forest in the background, but I lightened everything up.
This is a portrait of Libby. Whenever I do a portrait the eyes are the most important part. I know someone once said that ”eyes are the window of the soul.” The highlights in the eyes are what give them life.
This is a painting of Venice. It gives the impression of depth — the viewer could go right into the painting. This is done with linear and atmospheric perspective. In the linear the water is wider at the bottom of the picture and gets narrower as it goes back. Atmospheric is demonstrated by the boat in the front being bigger than the ones further back.
This painting is in reference to Luke 18:16 — “But Jesus called them unto him and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” After nineteen days on life support where I nearly died twice, then several months of recovery, I was amazed my life was spared. I felt I owed it to God to use my art talent to share my feelings about religion. This is one I recently painted. I hope to do more.