Florida Sunset Nature Marsh Painting

Painting of a marsh in Watercolor Beach Sunset Nature Art
30x30 Oil Painting 

Coastal Sunrise Marsh Contemporary Painting

A contemporary peaceful painting of a sunrise over a marsh.  The flowering weeds seem to reach out to greet the sun as it rises over the magnificent marsh.  Pine trees shimmer with sunlight.  The trees' reflections dance on the glowing water.  This is an eye-catching painting with lots of texture and thick paint, especially in the foreground. 

Here is a closeup of the flowering weeds!
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is Praised. (Psalm 113:3)

Paintingn of a Sunrise over Wetland Water Color Beach

Colorful Beach Sunrise Beach and Sand Dunes Painting

Painting of a beach sunset with fence and sea oats

"Good Morning Glories"  

A colorful beach painting with a sunrise that greets you as you walk on the path past the Morning Glories. The swaying sunlit sea oats greet you.  Footprints in the sand guide you past a weathered fence to the sparkling blue ocean!  

Coastal living and traveling by the sea inspires so many of my paintings.  This beach painting was inspired by a path on South Padre, Island, Texas.  I returned to my childhood beach for a vacation.  The time spent on the island brought back so many memories of our fishing and camping trips.

Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders.  From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.  Psalm 65:8

Beach Sunset Contemporary Oil Painting

Contemporary Painting of a Beach Sunset
9x12" "Heaven Sent"

The magnificent sunset sends a rainbow of color over the sea in this contemporary oil painting. During this special time, there is a magical spectacle when God paints the sky!

This is a special painting to me because it was something I created after losing our sweet dog, Chula.  Chula loved to chase seagulls on the beach, and she traveled with us to many seashores in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas.  Although she didn't like the water, she loved to chase the waves along the shore.

I miss her so very much. I miss the pitter-patter of her little paws. The way she would tuck us in at night by going to the foot of the bed and not leaving until we were asleep.  I miss the way she would come running when I would cut an apple or a cucumber--those were some of her favorite treats.

We have a lake behind our house, and she loved to chase the fish at the water's edge. They would splash about when she would come running.   As she got older, she settled for just sitting there on the little hill overlooking the lake. Before she passed, I watched her sit on the hill just staring at the lake.  Little did I know it would be the last time she would sit there so proudly. Pets leave us much too soon. 

Chula is with her previous owners in heaven. An elderly couple had her before we did.  It is quite a miracle on how Chula became ours.  A friend of mine  brought us together with this sweet doggie that needed a new home.  The elderly lady survived her husband for a short time and didn't know who got her little dog.   I found out later, by accident, that I worked with the elderly couple's niece who was able to tell her Aunt that Chula was in a happy home!

A friend of mine sent me the Rainbow Bridge poem.  

Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of all its beautiful colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who were sick, hurt or in pain are made whole again.
There is only one thing missing, they are not with their special person who loved them so much on earth.
So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches! The ears are up!
The eyes are staring and this one runs from the group!
You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet, you take him in your arms and hug him.
He licks and kisses your face again and again - and you look once more into the eyes of your best friend and trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be apart.
Author: Unknown

Monet style pond with a bridge and flowers and weeping willow tree

"Peaceful Waters"
Original Oil

This enchanting landscape painting is done in a Monet style.  The colorful flower garden reflects into a pond.  A distant bridge and sunlight draw you into a magical place.

The original was gifted to my niece.

As water reflects the face,so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19

Coastal Painting of Boats in Harbor Southport

Colorful painting of coastal harbor with boats and fishing village

Coastal Oil Painting
"Safe Haven"

This original coastal harbor oil painting was inspired by Southport, NC where we took a wonderful vacation.  We visited the lovely beach communities around Wilmington, NC.  We were eager to see the town where the Nicholas Sparks' movie,"Safe Haven", was filmed.   This enchanting little coastal community has quaint and colorful cottages.  The harbor area has wonderful restaurant like the Fishy Fishy Cafe.  I love the rustic buildings that surround the weathered docks.   The downtown area has charming little shops and is bustling with tourists!

Julianne Hough's character, Katie, sought refuge in this coastal town.  Just like Katie and the boats that are safely tucked in the harbor, we all need a place to feel safe and secure.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Tuscan Fountain Courtyard Flower Garden

Painting of an Italian Tuscan Courtyard with Flower Gardens

Original Oil Peaceful Courtyard Flower Garden Painting

Come take a stroll in this enchanting garden courtyard oil painting. Glorious and colorful potted flowers and plants surround the magical fountain with three bronze figures playing musical instruments.  Sit by the soothing sounds of the water fountain and rest for a spell.  The Italian courtyard dances with light and leads you past the colorful yellow umbrellas into a secrete garden.  Smell the sweet scent of the blue Wisteria that graces the villa.  

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Sunrise Coastal Painting with Beach Sand Dunes

"Morning Breeze"
Cape Cod Beach painting
Coastal Acrylic Beach Painting 

It is a joy to breath in the morning salt air along the seashore. Gentle ocean breezes sway the sea oats and golden sea grasses in the sand dunes. The gentle rolling sparkling waves glisten with sunlight.  An inviting path beckons you to take a walk along the magnificent sea in this coastal painting.  This painting was inspired by Cape Cod beaches!

"Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you." Psalm 143:8

Sunset Tropical Palm Trees and Marsh Painting

Coastal Tropical Marsh Original Oil Painting
20x20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas 

There something about the end of the day when the sun begins to set and the evening sky opens up in cascading colors.  The tropical coastal marsh waters look like a kaleidoscope of color with glistening sparks of sunlight dancing on the peaceful water!

This is contemporary coastal sunset oil painting inspired by Florida wetlands.  This nature painting is very peaceful and serene with oranges, teals and touches of pinks and purples.  The colors dance on the sparkling marsh water in this impressionist oil painting.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

Seascape Oil Painting with Palm Trees

"Along the Path"
Coastal Oil Painting

This coastal painting is a delightful sunny oil painting. A path leads you through down a path to the beautiful ocean.  The painting features textured palm trees.  Colorful natural textures and a 3D feel invite you to take a stroll along the shore!

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35

Coastal Painting of Tugboats by the Docks in Portsmouth

Coastal painting of tugboats along boat docats in Portsmouth

"Tug at your Heartstrings"

The delightful coastal oil painting was inspired by the docks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where you can find Moran tugboats.  I like to do research on my subject matter, and I especially needed to do that regarding this subject matter.  I found out that many tug boat workers have lost their lives when rescuing ships and boats.  In my research, I came across a story narrated by Tom Hanks about how the tugboat and other boat operators rescued 300,000-500,000 people off Manhattan Island during 9/11.  I was amazed that I had never heard of their heroic efforts. 

If you would like to read more about the rescue and to see the short film narrated by Tom Hanks, go to this link:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eddie-rosenstein/tom-hanks-narrates-boatlift_b_956529.html

It is truly an unforgettable film that will show how Americans pull together in times of need.  It was heartwarming to see the response by the boat operators.