Oyster Banks of the Altamaha

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Oil on canvas
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

Private collection

In January 2014, the sun and moon, acting on the tide, conspired to show me a gorgeous sunset over the Oyster Banks of the Altamaha. With the tide almost at full ebb, the sun dropped behind a bank of distant low clouds. Clumps and beds of oysters were set like light-absorbing islands in a sea of reflective marsh mud, sprinkled with a complement of periwinkle snails. The aura of the setting sun, the fresh northwest wind whistling through the spartina, and the water lapping against the shore struck me as a fitting celebration of the oyster and the environment that sustains it.

– adapted from The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island (UGA Press 2016)

Studio painting – May.

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