20 x 20 in.
Oil on canvas
Available at Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Laurel Daniel is fortunate to be able to split her time between Austin, Texas and St. Simons Island, GA. Her painting subjects reflect both regions and each inspires her in different ways.
Regarding this painting and the time she spends in Georgia, Daniel reflects that “there is something incredibly compelling about the ocean’s coastline. Its sights and sounds offer comfortable familiarity and excited wonder at the same time. This painting is all about that intimacy and grandeur…
If the painting feels personal, that is because it is. My first visit to St. Simons Island was for my honeymoon in 1979. I had heard a lot about this ancestral home of my husband’s family, and felt an instant affinity with it upon arrival. We stayed in the old beach cottage that was built by his great grandfather in the early 1900’s, and his grandmother lived next door. It was a love affair all around. We pledged to make annual visits and to carry on the family tradition with our own family.
When I started painting seriously in the early 2000’s, a new dimension was added to my island experience. I began to study the coastal landscape through plein air adventures, with brush in hand and fresh new eyes. Taking walks on the beach at dawn, observing the ebb and flow of the marsh, watching birds hunt for breakfast… inspiration is everywhere. And it all finds a way onto my canvases.”
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