I painted this plein air piece at the Dana Point Wharf. There was this fishing vessel docked at the fuel island called the Cougar. I later discovered that in 1988, this vessel recovered bodies from the sinking of another vessel in the Alaskan Seas. This painting won an honorable mention in the present San Clemente Art Gallery show, hanging through June 17, 2010.
This is the second time I painted a fishing vessel docked at this spot. I am drawn to the ruggedness, the life that these fisherman live on these tough ships at sea. This boat looks peaceful now but you can just imagine the experiences the men have had on it. The painting of it was one of those days when everything seemed to fall together in a cohesive look with a feel of the life the fishing boat lives.