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Waves crash against the rocky coastline on a sunny afternoon.
One of the aspects of the coast is its changeability – in the same way that the sand on the beach never stays the same, neither does the view of the rocks and beach next to the water. With every moment, the changing of the tide – whether from high to low or low to high – alters the seascape around which it operates.
In the painting Coastline – which in its original form is miniature in size at 7 x 5 inches on panel – the waves crash against the rocks near shore, splashing their foam and spray high into the air. Within a few hours, as the tide recedes, the rocks will show forth and the water will puddle about underneath, with little to remind one of the crashing waves but the still wetness of the sand.
So it is with life – at times the waves crash against the shores of our existence, and each wave pushes forth into the next until we feel that we simply can’t take it anymore and we will be inundated. But then, gradually sometimes, suddenly others, the water recedes and there is relief from the pounding waves and water.
At the time we are in high tide, it feels as if the situation will never stop, and though people assure us that circumstances change, we shrug our shoulders in doubt.
Coastline invites us to step into the seascape, at the edge of the beach where we are safe from the pounding against the rocks, and listen to the waves crash against the shore, feel the mist of spray against our face, hear the sound of the gulls overhead. Broad, strong brush strokes create this changing world in impressionistic style, as rocks and sea and sky work together in the ever changing dance of nature.
First Place Winner, Oceans Plus Contest, sponsored by the Artisans KitaKamakura Japan Gallery — August 2020
March 17th, 2017
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