Sunlit Forest

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
October 2012
Oil on canvas
32 x 24 in. (81.3 x 61 cm)

Collection of the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

This is one of the most challenging paintings I have done on Little St. Simons Island. In this scene the open marsh immediately to the east of the forest allows an unusually low angle of sunlight to flood the understory. The jigsaw puzzle of partially backlit and silhouetted maritime vegetation—especially palmetto fronds—demanded extra attention from me to make them legible in oil paint. As much as I wanted to paint this work entirely on location, the briefness of sunrise and the complexity of the subject matter required me to complete it in the studio.

Begun on location August 2, but painted mainly in the studio – October.

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