First Light at Prince Head

American Art Collector - - Visual Feast - Joseph McGurl:

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"

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