One of the visually stunning aspects of living on St. Croix is the nearly constant view of the ocean and the shoreline. The colors and textures of the transition from land to water inspired this image.
It would be easy, working with the color fields of ocean and beach, to venture off into purely decorative abstraction. I like to think “Buck Island View” is enhanced by the natural elements in it that help ground the image and evoke some of the wonder that the sea is due.
I enjoy producing images that are a pleasure to look at. But it is also important to me for a piece to have some meaning beyond pure decoration. Balancing these elements is one of the things that makes the artistic endeavor endlessly challenging and exciting.
I remember how enthralled Mary and Elise were at that show, staring at this piece.
It captivated them.
And FYI, Elise is at the Inauguration for the AP, with clearance to get right up close.
Bonnie, I hope we get to see a few of Elise’s pictures.. they are sure to be great!