"A large looming offshore island known as
'Battle Rock' greets visitors to Port Orford, Oregon. There is a
long history behind the name that belies the quiet beauty of the evergreen-shrouded
Artist comment: "Battle Rock is the predominant feature on the Pacific coastline at
Port Orford, Oregon. (You can read about its past history by entering
keywords: battle rock port orford, in your favorite search engine.)
It was a natural subject for me to paint. When the tide is low, the
rock is accessible to hardy hikers. On a sunny day in the summer,
the sky is intensely blue, which reflects on the surface of the sea.
In this medium sized oil on stretched canvas, I endeavored to capture the
wamth of that kind of day. I used strong values to emphasize the
stalwart character of the rock. The center of interest is the path
at the top of the rock, where it meets the dark trees. The intent
was to play up the historical aspect of this (infamous) site."