My plein air paintings started 3 years ago when I was fed up with myself for not painting. Family and work left no time and or space. I sell beer for work so I am always on the road so I figured the outside world just off the road is a good enough studio.
“I Saw Striped Bass Getting Caught Here” was painted on the side of Route 47 while taking the scenic route home from the shore. There is so much material on this road I nearly crash my car trying to eat it all up with my eyes. On this particular day I actually had time for this painting and there was a local fisherman who, while I was there pulled 6 Stripers out of that creek.
Avalon might have its uninhabited extravagant houses, but they have put real effort into preserving the natural habitat on both the ocean and bay side.
The best time to be at the beach is at the end of the day when the crowds are gone and the sun hangs low giving everything and everyone it touches a delightfully bright warm glow.
”Freedom Beach” was painted at Strathmere Beach, where it is not as congested and infested as most beaches. The beaches here are not as patrolled, controlled, and manicured like it’s sisters to the north and south, lending a true east coast beach experience as it would have been ages before.