Commissioned by a client for her bay front home, she asked that I capture the beauty of the area’s vegetation. A short distance away is the Naval Live Oaks National Seashore, the first federal tree farm purchased by the U.S. government in 1828. The dense wood of the Live Oak was reserved for use in shipbuilding until the advent of iron and steel warships.
Thankfully the trees of Naval Live Oaks are now protected and the 1300 acres are accessible to the public to enjoy.
Mary Anne enjoys paddle boarding near her home, so I decided to paint a view of the National Seashore as she might see it, from the water.
Live oaks, pines, palmettos and magnolia trees grow in abundance there and I chose to represent them all.
Since I was a child, I remember my fascination with the trees taken by erosion and lying on the shore, their roots pulled up and exposed, smooth and faded by the waves and the sun, beautiful in death and left as a reminder of the fragility of life. The gorgeous gradation of color in the evening sky, the darkness of the forest, the skies reflection on the bay, the vegetation that lives and the trees that have died can all serve as a metaphor for the beauty, the joy, the loss and the sorrow, that is a part of living.
Canvas Prints of this painting are available up to 48 x 48". Please contact the artist for more information. Margaret@margaretbiggs.com
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