My coastal paintings have been inspired and painted along that special “land-meets-sea” boundary where great scenes of powerful water and impressive cliffs abound. My coastals include scenes from Europe and America, but are predominantly of the California Coast near my home, with special emphasis on the Big Sur region.

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  • Holiday Special
    Beach Crescent 8x16

    Beach Crescent 8×16

    Unframed size: 8″ x 16″; framed size 12″ x 20″

     

    “The California coast never fails to enliven and inspire me. The format I used here, twice as wide as tall, accentuates the wide expansive beach at this location, and is my representation of the area near Monastery Beach. I found many spring wildflowers in bloom, with the beach in the middle ground.” – mh

     

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    Big Sur Big View 12×16 – sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    “Traveling south of Carmel on Highway One, there are many places to pull off the road and admire the view. The area depicted here represents one of my favorites. The view is so vast and the colors of the ocean, on a clear day, are enchanting shades of blues and greens. The location depicted here is one I return to again and again to meditate and to paint.” – mh

     

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  • Big Sur Coast 30x40 oil

    Big Sur Coast 30×40

    Unframed size: 30″ x 40″; framed size 38″ x 48″

     

    “This painting was created in the studio. I wanted to emphasize the variety of colors that appear on the coastal shelves in the early summer. Painting the view at this area of the Big Sur Coast requires a finesse of the values, as the layers of land drifting to the sea lose their color, going from greens in the foreground to blues in the far distance. In summer, once California’s coast has had sufficient warmth and sunlight, the wildflowers abound. This area is one of my favorite summer painting locations.” – mh

     

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  • Cliffside Morning 14x11

    Cliffside Morning 14×11

    Unframed size 14×11, framed size 18×15

     

    ” Early morning winter’s light creates patterns on the cliff edges and distant mountains on the Big Sur coast. I used the vertical format to emphasize the steepness of the Big Sur mountains. (The black walnut frame was made from a tree I harvested a few years ago from the Massachusetts farm where I grew up. See story here.)” – mh

     

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    Coastal Grazing 12x24

    Coastal Grazing 12×24

    Unframed size: 12″ x 24″; framed size 18″ x 30″

     

    Along the coast road to Big Sur, I found meadows intermingling with rocky outcroppings, bait to trap this oil painter! The cattle in this view have a pasture looking out at the Pacific Ocean. I’m sure their milk tastes great as they must be happy cows. Golds and blues are great complementary colors and this combination abounds on this scenic CA-1 route. See my painting “Viva la Vida” for the same location looking south.” – mh

     

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    Coastal Muse, 24x36

    Coastal Muse 24×36 – sold

    Unframed size: 24″ x 36″; framed size 32″ x 44″

     

    “This painting was the largest and final in a series I made depicting this area. I find in this painting that the path down and the curving beach make a pleasant s-curve composition. The viewer is positioned overlooking the beach from the dunes near Pescadero. The bright flowers in the foreground contrast with the fog off in the distance, giving depth to the painting.” – mh

     

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    Coastal Spring, 24x36, oil on linen canvas

    Coastal Spring 24×36 sold

    Unframed size: 24″ x 36″; framed size 32″ x 44″

     

    “The California coastline has many bays and headlands that are pleasing to the eye. I found this scene looking south from the Pigeon Point Lighthouse area, on a day when the clouds were quite remarkable. The blooming wild mustard and the oxalis formed a colorful foreground, and an overgrown trail led my eye into the scene. The headlands of Año Nuevo, breeding ground for elephant seals, lies in the distance. The yellow flowers of spring are complemented by the lavenders of distant hills and cloud shadows.” – mh

     

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    Evening on the Hill, 12x16, oil

    Evening on the Hill 12×16

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    I’m always drawn to paint big views, and the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean offer many spectacular scenes. In early summer, before the dry season takes hold, many greens can be found in the grasses, bushes and trees, which here surround a meadow with a trail passing through it. I enjoyed standing in the meadow, listening to the bird song and painting this plein air piece while the ocean breeze kept me cool..” – mh

     

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  • Grand Coast 36x48

    Grand Coast 36×48

    Gallery wrap (unframed size): 36″ x 48″;
    Framed size 44″ x 56″

     

    This large painting references the coastline North of Santa Cruz. I made several plein air paintings at this location before I decided to make a large painting of the scene. The effect of this size makes me feel I can walk into the scene, hear the waves, and feel the sand squish under my toes. The edges are painted, so it can be hung with or without a frame.” – mh

     

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  • Iceplant Trail, 12x16

    Iceplant Trail 12×16

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    “I painted this plein air, on the coast near Pescadero. I am most at peace while in the open air and surrounded by the beauty of trees, the ocean, or the gardens we humans have created. The Iceplant turns shades of burgundy and orange, colors which are said to radiate warmth and energy.– mh

     

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  • Pacific Thunder 18x24

    Pacific Thunder 18×24

    Unframed size: 18″ x 24″; framed size 24″ x 30″

     

    “I was invited to paint on site during an Art Appreciation Day at Point Lobos State Nature Reserve. I made a 12×16 painting of the tidal pools off the South Shore Trail, near China Cove. Back in my studio later I made a larger image of the painting and emphasized the breaking wave and the distant fog bank which mirrored the shape of the wave.” – mh

     

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  • Paintbrush Spring, oil, 11x14

    Paintbrush Spring 11×14

    Unframed size 11×14, framed size 19×22

     

    “Every spring, for the last 11 years, I’ve gone on a week-long retreat with 8 to 10 other artists to paint in Big Sur. The coast there affords an artist many opportunities. Along the Garrapata State Park area, one can see several headlands jutting out into the sea and becoming more blue in the distance. With all the rain, the Indian Paintbrush plants decorated the dunes with their bright red and magenta flowers. They add sparkle while complementing all the new green growth on the cliffs and hills.” – mh

     

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  • Sea Lavender 24x36

    Sea Lavender 24×36

    Unframed size: 24″ x 36″; framed size 32″ x 44″

     

    The color of these lavender flowers along the Pacific Coast stopped me in my tracks on a plein air expedition with fellow artists. The sea lavender in the foreground sets off the Santa Cruz lighthouse at the small craft harbor. The small plein air painting I did that day led later to this larger studio work. I emphasized the lavender colored shadows from the cypress on the left side to unify the painting.” – mh

     

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    Sea_Spring 11x14

    Sea Spring 11×14 – SOLD

    Unframed size 11×14, framed size 17×20

     

    Driving along the Big Sur Coast, there are many locations to pull off the narrow road and paint the vista.This painting portrays the many shades of green that are reflected in the water from the steep hillsides above. Spring sunshine brings out the colors in the grasses and flowers. I worked to create the depth of the vista by lightening and decreasing the intensity of the colors. – mh

     

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  • Sheltered Cove, oil, 9x12

    Sheltered Cove 9×12

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    This was one of several painted while on an artist retreat in Big Sur. This painting presents a cove at Point Lobos State Nature Reserve. I sought to reflect the strength of the cliffs and the power of the ocean on the rocks below. The sun was working its way out of the clouds as I worked to create the painting. The trail above takes you to China Cove.” – mh

     

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    Shore Cottage 9x12

    Shore Cottage 9×12

    Unframed size: 9″ x 12″; framed size 15″ x 18″

     

    At any location, the plein air painter must narrow the scene to an image that she/he feels can be reproduced on 2 dimensions. Moving trees and omitting structures can sometimes create a more inviting image. This painting is my artist view of the estuaries around the Elkhorn Slough, where it meets the village of Moss Landing. I enjoyed the challenge of painting subtle reflections in the water. – mh

     

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    Skeins of Rose 18x24

    Skeins of Rose 18×24 sold

    Unframed size: 18″ x 24″; framed size 24″ x 30″

     

    Often in the spring, along the pacific coast, the sky turns into a light show at sunset. When the sky turns rose and gold, these colors are reflected in the ocean. Because of the curve of the Monterey Bay, the sun sets over the land here, not into the ocean. I first painted a 12”x16” titled “Evening Walk” of this sunset. I made mental notes of colors inspired by the intense sky colors. Shades of Rose was completed after that initial study.” – mh

     

    This painting has been juried into an MBPAPA exhibition. You may purchase this here or at the exhibit, but the painting will need to remain at the exhibition until the close on October 28, 2021. It can be shipped or picked up immediately thereafter at the Pacific Grove Art Center.

     

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  • Song of Spring 16×20

    Unframed size: 16″ x 20″; framed size 22″ x 26″

     

    I’m always drawn to paint big views, and the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean offer many spectacular scenes. This painting began as a demonstration for my spring studio class. In my studio, I added spring colors to the meadow. There is a sprinkling of wildflowers that often appear in California meadows in the springtime. At this time of year, there are also many bird songs that fill the air. While painting, I listened to all the nesting birds in the trees around my studio: thus the title.” – mh

     

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    Steamers Lane 12x16

    Steamers Lane 12×16 sold

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    This popular surfing spot is a great location to capture images of the large waves and the surfers as they plan their route into the water. The waves were huge and crashing on the rocks when I painted this scene plein air. The “lighthouse” building in the painting that stands guard over the lane actually houses a surfing museum.” – mh

     

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    Struve Slough 11x14

    Struve Slough 11×14 – SOLD

    Unframed size 11×14, framed size 17×20

     

    “South Santa Cruz County is graced with several sloughs which provide habitat for migratory birds and other rare creatures.  Some of these sloughs have trails that allow walking and bicycling. I found an access point that offered a view of the slough when the pickleweed was in its pink phase.. The color of this plant was complemented by the greens in the trees and grasses. This painting was created plein air during the Our Bounty event hosted by Pajaro Valley Arts.” – mh

     

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  • Sun on Big Sur 12x16

    Sun on Big Sur 12×16

    Unframed size: 12″ x 16″; framed size 18″ x 22″

     

    “I painted this plein air, on the coast near Big Sur. I am most at peace while in the open air and surrounded by the beauty of trees, the ocean, or the gardens we humans have created. The majesty of the Big Sur falling down into the Pacific Ocean provokes a sense of wonder. As I paint here, I often encounter people from around the world who have traveled far to see these inspiring views.– mh

     

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  • Sundown 24x36 oil

    Sundown 24 x 36

    Unframed size: 24″ x 36″; framed size 32″ x 44″

     

    This painting was created after many visits to the coast during that special hour when the sun is setting. I made notes and a few small paintings to help my memory preserve the change of value as the light fades. I was particularly interested in noting how the colors of the sky are reflected in the ocean and surrounding elements. I noted how the land loses definition in the distance when our eyes can still make out detail in the close by rocks and water.” – mh

     

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  • Tidal Pools 12x16 oil

    Tidal Pools 12×16

    Oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″ painting, with frame 18″ x 22″.

     

    “This painting was created during the Artist Appreciation Day at Point Lobos State Nature Reserve south of Carmel. I walked out the South Shore Trail to the tide pool area. I arrived at the peak of high tide and quickly sketched in the basic shapes. I liked how the upended rock formations in the foreground carried my eye to the opening in the rocks where the waves were crashing and rushing through.” – mh

     

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  • Viva la Vida 24x30

    Viva la Vida 24×30

    Unframed size: 24″ x 30″; framed size 30″ x 36″

     

    “When I paint along the Big Sur coast, I feel a wonderful excitement, living life to my fullest. Viva  la Vida is an expression of this feeling of joy. Traveling south from Carmel, past the turn into Rocky Point Restaurant, lies this meadow framed by Eucalyptus trees on one side and the rocky coast on the other. Hurricane point lies off in the distance. My painting “Coastal Grazing” is a view of this same meadow looking north.” – mh

     

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