Into the Light
Into the Light
I photographed a wave just as it was about to crash into some rocks on the shore. I liked the contrast between the rocks in shadow, and the wave being struck by sunlight low in the horizon.
Into the Light
Into the Light
An Evening to Remember
An Evening to Remember
I'm beginning to incorporate more sunset paintings into my collection. One type of sky I hadn't really done before is one where the blue of the sky is visible at the very top of the composition, followed by clouds which then leads to the reds/oranges/yellows around the sunset. This piece is yet another work inspired by the beauty of Ka'anapali Beach in Maui.
An Evening to Remember
An Evening to Remember
Mouth of the Wave
Mouth of the Wave
As I was working on this piece, I had completed everything except the far left portion of the wave. I wasn't sure how I wanted it to look, and at first I didn't like the ominous appearance of the foam - after walking away for a while and coming back to it, I decided it actually went well with the title....it appears as if it is opening up, about to engulf anyone in it's path!
Mouth of the Wave
Mouth of the Wave
Evening in Ka'anapali
Evening in Ka'anapali
Ka'anapali Beach is my favorite location in Maui. I love the beach in this location, and the snorkeling that one can do at Black Rock. The sunsets are so warm and vibrant, I decided to do quite a bit of glazing in the sky in this piece to really give it a glow!
Evening in Ka'anapali
Evening in Ka'anapali
Billowing Energy
Billowing Energy
This piece was influenced by the works of master artist Frederic Waugh. I really like his strong use of light and shadow in his paintings. An oncoming wave in the light, contrasted against a large shadow area in the foreground most definitely produces a strong composition!
Billowing Energy
Billowing Energy
The Next Big Wave
The Next Big Wave
Despite the approach of a calming sky, there often are a few remaining waves from the remnants of a weakening storm - just one more hurdle to get over before tranquility arrives. Until then, this is one wave I wouldn’t want to get caught up in, unless I was a professional surfer!
The Next Big Wave
The Next Big Wave
Coming to Shore
Coming to Shore
It’s amazing how powerful the ocean can be – all you need to do is stand close to shore, and experience the thunderous strength of the waves crashing to shore, or into nearby rocks. Even the spray and mist carries it’s own emotion!
Coming to Shore
Coming to Shore
Rock Solid
Rock Solid
I love the contrast of a rough, tumultuous surf against an immoveable object such as a rock. A scene like this can remind one to remain calm and stable in the face of chaos and confusion.
Rock Solid
Rock Solid
Sugar Beach, Kihei Maui
Sugar Beach, Kihei Maui
It’s hard to go wrong when you do a sunset painting, especially when the location is the Hawaiian islands. Sunsets are becoming a favorite subject of mine to paint because of the larger than life impact they produce (as evidenced when viewed in person!). I wanted to paint this specific location because I love the name…’Sugar Beach’ just sounds inviting to me, a sweet spot to visit indeed!
Sugar Beach, Kihei Maui
Sugar Beach, Kihei Maui
Into the Maui Sunset
Into the Maui Sunset
My wife and I were walking back to our hotel after a yummy meal at the Hula Grill in Maui when we came upon something else just as ‘delicious.’ A catamaran had just set sail into an intensely warm and beautiful sunset, and the shapes of the clouds in the sky were just as breathtaking. I don’t usually paint directly from photos, but in this case I liked the composition just as it was – made it pretty easy to begin painting!
Into the Maui Sunset
Into the Maui Sunset
Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay
As pretty as the Northern California coast can be, it can also be hauntingly beautiful. It's no wonder Alfred Hitchcock picked Bodega Bay as the location to film one of the top thriller/horror films of all time, "The Birds." With this in mind, I decided to paint this scene with a bit of mystery...the encroaching foreground shadow, along with the windblown surf and spray indicates a potential oncoming storm, or perhaps a large brood of attacking birds!
Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay
Marin Headland Sunset
Marin Headland Sunset
This is a great location, it's also known as Hawk Hill. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and if you turn around to your left you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as San Francisco. I used to ride my bike up the winding hill to the top. On one occasion the sunset was especially beautiful and it inspired me to do this painting!
Marin Headland Sunset
Marin Headland Sunset
Moon Over Angel Island
Moon Over Angel Island
I took a night-time photo of Angel Island in San Francisco a number of years ago. I knew some day it would make for a nice painting because of the beautiful sky and moonlit reflections on the water. I can still hear the water splashing in front of me, and the sounds of the City behind me!
Moon Over Angel Island
Moon Over Angel Island
Midnight Blue
Midnight Blue
Moonlight reflecting off of water at night seems magical and mystical. As you stand there looking out into the ocean, it’s almost as if the sound of water crashing into the shore and onto rocks is being created just for you and no one else!
Midnight Blue
Midnight Blue
Ice Blue
Ice Blue
I used my smaller 5x7 “Stormy Sea” painting as reference for this larger version. The large crashing wave serves as the main point of interest, while all of the smaller waves are supporting actors in this chilly, icy-cold drama!
Ice Blue
Ice Blue
Morning Splendor
Morning Splendor
There is something magical about a sunrise beginning to peak out from behind a mountain or headland. The promise of a new day, and new beginning, is refreshing and full of hope!
Morning Splendor
Morning Splendor
Storm Clouds in Cabo
Storm Clouds in Cabo
I was in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico a few years ago and took a beautiful, sunny mid-day picture of some waves crashing onto the beach. I knew I'd want to paint it, but thought it needed more drama. So....I added the stormy sky in the background, and accentuated the foreground rocks and waves crashing onto the shore!
Storm Clouds in Cabo
Storm Clouds in Cabo
Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach
Although the City of Cannon Beach, Oregon isn't very big (4 miles in length) it is surrounded by forests, rivers, and beaches. One of these beaches just happens to be one of the most interesting, beautiful, and scenic along the West Coast. The rock formations are amazing - definitely worth a trip to go see this picturesque location!
Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach