“Dawn’s Early Light”
The Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks are the last fishing vessels to work under sail in North American waters. These oyster dredging, wooden vessels are all located in the Maryland waters of the Chesapeake.
During the 1980s and 90s I spent much time there with the purpose of getting to know these boats and the men who worked them. It is important for an artist to know their subject as intimately as possible. I befriended many of the Captains and sailed on nearly all the skipjacks working at that time. The oyster season was November till March and was the coldest and most dangerous time to work on the Bay aboard these boats, some over 100 years old. We would leave the safety of the harbor in pre-dawn darkness to arrive on the oyster grounds about daybreak. Then the steel dredges would go overboard and we would begin a long day of making “licks” over the beds gathering oysters from the frigid waters of the Chesapeake.
“Dawn’s Early Light” is reminiscent of those days.
The painting’s frame bears a hand-lettered, gold gilt nameplate and is fitted with a House of Troy painting light.
Oil on Linen 9” x 12” Framed overall size 16” x 19”
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