Inspired by the Sea

While the term seascape first gained popularity around the turn of the 18th century, the practice of depicting oceans, ships, beaches, and coastlines stretches back to antiquity. Portrayed on everything from rock walls, etchings, paintings, pottery, and tapestries, views at sea or from the shore have long fascinated humanity. Here, three contemporary artists put their unique spins on this timeless subject.

Watercolor Paintings of the Sea

“November Seascape” (watercolor, 11 x 15 in.) by Poppy Balser
“I painted this piece on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, the day after a November gale,” says Balser.
“Winter Beach” (watercolor, 14 x 21 in.) by Dan Marshall
“The Clamming Boat” (watercolor, 15 x 22 in.) by Francesco Fontana


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