johnbarberart

“ANNAPOLIS MEMORIES”

The Behringers of Annapolis came to me recently with a request for a painting to fit a beautiful heirloom frame that they owned. For the new creation they wanted a piece that would focus on the vista from their new home on the shore of the Chesapeake. The view to the east is magnificent with beautiful skies and sunrises, the bay bridge, and an endless parade of vessels both power and sail.
     We discussed various compositions of skipjacks, ships, yachts, gulls etc. until I saw a 1964 photo of Susan with Jess at the helm of one of the Naval Academy’s sail-training boats; a Luder 40 yawl made while he was a midshipman at the Academy. I suggested using this as the concept for the painting. They agreed, and the result is “Annapolis Memories”. We see the couple sailing on a beautiful Chesapeake afternoon. The painting represents the life they’ve shared. Their previous sailing vessel was a Bristol sloop named Harmony as they felt that it was the secret to a happy marriage. Consequently, the yawl in the painting bears the same name. The Academy uses NA [Naval Academy] on the sails of these boats and Jess suggested NA68, for the year that he and Susan were married.
     I thoroughly enjoyed working with them on this painting and find such collaborations to be meaningful to both the buyer and the artist. 

Oil on linen canvas 12″x 18″
Winter, 2022

The preliminary sketch upon which the oil painting was based.

“Annapolis Memories” in its beautiful frame on the wall in Susan and Jess’ lovely home overlooking the Chesapeake.