40×40 | Oil and Wax | Sandbar Painting by Claire J Kendrick
Living on the east coast of the United States I look out on the Atlantic Ocean and I’m challenged as an artist to capture its vastness. The high seas and big storm fronts with the ferociousness of the weather fronts brings a depth and passion to my work, yet also there is a stillness and peace on the southern shores is a soothing calm and this is both a joy and quest to capture as a plein air and studio painter.
Symbolically the ocean is a sign of power and strength, due to its immensity. Observing and painting the great power of the ocean and its weather fronts is much like having a front row seat at the theater. As a plein air painter there is an urgency and need to capture the essence of your vista – it’s sparked by emotion and energy. In the studio I remember the atmosphere and weather of the outdoors it adds to the paintings aliveness. All this –- the vigor of life is to be conveyed onto a canvas. It is a love, and a challenge.