My dad was mesmerized by, and began painting water at a very early age. This first one is a"marine", which means ocean painting, most likely the east coast, as the Atlantic ocean was his favorite. He was influenced by Winslow Homer and Fredrick Waugh, both amazing painters of the sea. He became known for his ability to paint water like no one else in the West Michigan area. At just 16 years old, he was given the opportunity to travel to Maine with a pastor and his family for further study of the ocean. Later he was to spend time off the coast of Gloucester, Mass, on a fishing boat, traveling up to Nova Scotia. These experiences at such a young age really made a huge impact on him.
|1932, 12 years old.|
My father made numerous paintings of the Atlantic and Lake Michigan, and it is my desire to
find out how many. His dealer once told him to "stick with the Lake Michigan's. They are what
sell around here." He may have had a point, but to have someone tell him what to paint did not sit
well, and sadly ended their relationship.
This next painting I found in my dad's studio after he passed away. It is on a loose piece of canvas protected between two pieces of illustration board. It measures 20" x 16" and was done with heavy oil. The seagull is flying down to a fish in the water that is visible if you look closely. I believe this piece was probably considered an experiment.
Below is an example of a "marine" and how it differs from a "great lake", as far as the work by my dad is concerned. Marines are usually more wild, generally speaking. The waves are larger and greener. There are often rocks, rather than sandy beach.
I found these last five pictures all together, dated 1989 and I believe that they were all painted around that time, as none of them were framed. All were taken sitting on his easel which I cropped out of the photos. My dad usually took slides, which I'm sure he did with these.