Back in the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to kayak to Dick's Island Nature Preserve in Bocabec with Walter Emrich. Since then I have been contemplating how best to capture this magnificent site in a painting. There were three characteristics that I felt needed to be included: 1) the "treeless-ness" of the island, 2) the rock features that serve as habitat for the seabirds, and 3) the abundance of seaweed (or "rockweed" as we called it) around the edge of the island. I finally settled on a composition after reviewing the many photos collected from that adventure. Below shows the upper right part of the painting in progress:
The most challenging part of the painting was to depict the seaweed flowing in the water as we approached the island by kayak. This is hopefully captured below:
Be sure to come see the painting in its entirety when it is on display in the final exhibition TBA!
New Brunswick Artist and Art Educator