"Midsummer is special on the Northwest Coast
at the edge of the Great Pacific. Days are mild and skies are laced with
delicate clouds that catch the sun's last rays in a burst of glorious color.
As the surf crashes against a large offshore rock, even the spray picks
up the colors of the 'Afternoon Light'."
Artist comment: "This is one of the first paintings I did of a sunset on the Pacific
Northwest shores. At the base of the headland at Yaquina Head,
just north of Newport, Oregon, is a small rocky beach, with several stack
rocks standing offshore. It is one of my most favorite places, and
I have painted the scene numerous times. I am always fascinated by
the way the late day sun shines through the translucent water, creating
an amber glow. As I scanned the horizon, I saw the cloud patterns
fanning out in interesting shapes. As is my custom, I painted the
body of this oil on stretched canvas with a brush, and the rocks with palette
knife. I was conscious of the interaction of warm and cool,
sunlight and shadows, and strove to accurately portray that concept here."