First Light at Prince Head
Growing up on the Massachusetts shore, Boston Harbor and its islands were artist Joseph McGurl’s backyard where he and his friends would fish, catch lobsters, swim, sail and camp. His ongoing survey of the coastal area, The Boston Harbor Islands Project, he says, “is a return to the place that inspired my love for the natural world.” Throughout the series he explores layers of depth in his art, as seen in one of his newest works, First Light at Prince Head, which combines a plein air sketch with color and light from his memory and imagination.
“Making imaginary scenarios that appear real is one of the most rewarding aspects of painting for me,” McGurl shares. “This is where the value of painting from life manifests itself—all the sketches I’ve painted over the years have provided the empirical and rational knowledge to make things up in a convincing manner.”
The Boston Harbor Islands Project: First Light at Prince Head (detail), oil on canvas, 16 x 20"