You may have noticed after a bit of browsing that many of my pieces featuring coastal seascapes are threatened by dark clouds and storm fronts.
Everyone who has spent at least part of their life living on the east coast (myself included) has seen more than their fair share of these scenes. Heavy rains and strong winds accompany the tropical storms and hurricanes coastal dwellers see annually.
Witnessing these big storms and embracing them as part of life is what separates casual beach vacationing from true coastal living.
When you live on the east coast, you learn not only to weather the storms, but also to see the beauty in them. There's a certain sense of wonder when you watch vast, thundering storm clouds rolling in over dark, choppy waves on the horizon, and you know Mother Nature is about to show you her power.
Whenever I paint these seascapes, I want to capture that feeling of smallness and anticipation I feel when the sky darkens and the wind picks up and there is a distinct smell of salt and ozone in the air. That feeling is so nostalgic for me... and its a strong one.
These scenes, with swirling clouds and churning waves and blowing sand, are the coastal scenes that are truly, wildly beautiful. They make me feel like I'm home again.