Wave in Pre-Dawn Light is also based off of a photograph from the trip to Long Beach. I worked toward an even more simplified version of the wave form, drawing the eye to the place on the lower left side of the painting where the wave meets the sand and there is a little reflection indicated. A sense of deep inner stillness is important to this piece. in this place there is no sound but one's own breathing and the ebb and flow of the ocean.
This work is based on a photograph from a trip my family took to California about twenty years ago. We took the trip in April, but the beach was very cold. I only have the print of the photograph I used as a reference-- no negative (it was taken with a film camera), so there is quite a bit of interpretation in the painting. It was important that there be a lot of empty space in this painting. I wanted this work to be simplified, for the beach and the sky to act as color fields and give a sense of meditative stillness.
Bora Bora Coastline is based off of multiple aerial views of the coast of Bora Bora. It's not a place I've ever been and one I am unlikely to visit, but the magic of tropical beaches and their colors lingers in my imagination. I am fascinated by aerial views depicting shapes of the waves as they move toward the shore. In this painting I am particularly fond of the tiny impasto waves along the beach.
Arabian Sea is based off of photographs I took on a visit to Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, UAE. I created the painting almost 8 years after the trip and my reference photos were taken with a very basic digital camera, so they were not the best. I printed them and worked from the prints and my memory of the place. When I was there it was a drizzly day in December. The temperature was in the low 60s and the beach was deserted, so I walked along the water's edge entirely alone. The sea was a beautiful pale green. One thing I particularly love about this painting is the highly textured impasto of the waves. I have been thinking about revisiting this color in some new work.