POINT ARENA LIGHTHOUSE
This classic lighthouse in Northern California has often been a favorite of mine. This particular image shows the last of the setting sun reflected on the tower and the light keeper’s house. I was perched on a narrow rocky point just north of the lighthouse itself, surround on three sides by the ocean waves and loving the glorious sunset we were gifted with this night.
Just when I thought I was through for the night, I noticed that the tower had suddenly been lit with exterior lights. I ran back out to my perch and framed the shot to include the striated rocks in the surf line below me. This is one of my favorite images of the entire trip.
And finally, a few images from closer to home:
My hometown of Coupeville is reflected in the still waters of Penn Cove at dawn. This is a single photograph cropped to a 1:3 ratio to focus the eye on the town, but leaving enough of the dramatic sky in place. This has been my most popular selling image, providing visitors and residents alike a reminder of just why we love Whidbey Island.
All of these images and more can be seen on my website - www.photowhidbey.com. Better yet, stop in to the Garry Oak Gallery on Pioneer Street in Oak Harbor and see the prints themselves on display. While you’re there, check out the work of all of the other artist members of the Gallery. We are proud to be a part of the community and the only art gallery in Oak Harbor. All members are local residents and represent some of the finest artists in the area.
My current display in the gallery consists of a mix of local scenes (Coupeville, Oak Harbor, Deception Pass) and scenes from a recent RV trip my wife and I took. We were on the road for two months exploring the American West as far as the Mississippi River and Great Lakes. Along the way we had no real destination in mind, instead following our inspiration and stopping to visit many National and State Parks along the way. This style of travel is very freeing - no deadlines, no rush to get to any particular destination. Our motto in our little RV is “We’re already there.” This allows plenty of time for me to practice my craft - I can wait for the best light in a given location instead of just taking a quick snapshot and hurrying on. I’ve always thought it would be wonderful to spend a year in certain National Parks, capturing the essence of the location in all seasons of the year.
But enough background - let’s take a look at some of the images I currently have on display in the gallery and I’ll tell you the story behind each of them.
Images of the American Modern West - Part 2 - Soon to come!
Behind the Art
Our artists share their experiences in creating their works of art. Comments and questions are welcome!