St Augustine 7th Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibition

St Augustine 7th Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibition

July 23 – Aug 28 2016

Congratulations to all who were accepted to the St Augustine Art Association 7th Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibition. Entry’s from 26 states and 6 countries and artists that represent 46 cities in the State of Florida. 127 works of art selected from close to 500 entry’s.
“Morning Wake Up” | 48×48 | CJK

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 storms and high seas remind me of my native home, Ireland, the North West Outpost of Europe. Those memories combined with the ferociousness of the weather fronts brings a depth and passion to my work, yet the stillness and peace of the southern shores as depicted in “Morning Wake Up” is a soothing calm and 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. Then the atmosphere and weather of the outdoors 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.

“The vistas of possibility are only limited by the shortness of life.”
(Winston Churchill)