Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands

In October of 2015 I was the “Artist in Residence” at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan.  For 3 weeks I explored the park, sketched and painted outside and interacted with park visitors.  On the 2nd day of my visit I went on the park’s famous “Dune Climb”.  It was an exhausting 2 mile hike of scaling 500’ high sand dunes-- 7 times!.  My hardwork was rewarded however when I finally made it to Lake Michigan and discovered this shipwreck washed up on shore.  According to the park rangers, this wreck appeared in 2010 when the sands shifted and uncovered it.

Archival giclee prints on canvas (stretched on bars and ready to hang) are available in a variety of sizes by going to the Online Store menu option above.

The Original 24" x 36" oil painting on canvas is available.  Please Contact Me for details.

Lighthouse at Point Betsie

Lighthouse at Point Betsie

“Lighthouse at Point Betsie” is painted from an absolutely magical day of my art residency at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan, in October of 2015.  I’ve always thought lighthouses are one of the most interesting and romantic types of architecture ever made.  When I see one I think about the history surrounding it, the shipwrecks that caused their initial construction, and the long, lonely hours spent by the keepers.  Point Betsie is an architecturally beautiful lighthouse and I knew I wanted to visit it.  What I hadn’t expected were the breaker walls in front that the waves exploded against causing great showers of spray.  The waves would hit the walls with a big BOOM! and fountains of frothy water would erupt sometimes 30 feet into the air.  It made me laugh out loud in delight and I received more than one odd look from other visitors who obviously thought I was crazy!  The combination of the warm afternoon sun and the Caribbean-esque aqua blue waters of Lake Michigan held me entranced, and I knew immediately it was a scene that I would paint.  I decided to paint at an extreme landscape ratio, playing around with distorting the perspective to give it a “fish-eye lens” feel.  The sun spot circles were added to heighten this effect.  This allowed me to integrate all the things I loved about being there; the agate filled beach, the breaker walls, the lighthouse itself, and the distant outbuildings and dunes beyond.

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Glen Haven Cherry

Glen Haven Cherry

“Glen Haven Cherry” was inspired by my visit to the historically preserved “museum” town of Glen Haven, Michigan.  Maintained by the National Park Service, Glen Haven is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore, where I was the Artist in Residence during October of 2015.

Archival giclee prints on canvas (stretched on bars and ready to hang) are available in a variety of sizes by going to the Online Store menu option above.

The Original 60" x 40" Oil painting on canvas is available.  Please Contact Me for details.