The most recent of my acrylic paintings of shorelines have been based on viewpoints from out on the water. This series also includes suggestions of marine wildlife, distant horizons, and a heightened appreciation of the beauty of the Gulf, in the face of the devastation caused by the BP oil disaster.
I started the Offshore series a month before the BP oil disaster. Having previously painted intimate beach paths and expansive beaches, I naturally had moved my imaginary observation point out to sea. On the day the oil well exploded, the whiteness of the sand and clearness of the waters in the paintings I had completed suddenly seemed all the more precious and important. Many more paintings followed.
“Offshore” was presented from January 14 through February 3, 2011, at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, in Anna Maria, Florida. Located at the top end of Anna Maria Island, this elegant gallery is owned by former first lady of Florida Rhea Chiles.
To see the paintings that were included in this most recent of my exhibits, please click on “Offshore,” which you will find in my Galleries.