“Before the Storm” by Susan Barnes, the title describes this painting perfectly as it was painted in Barnegate Light in 2012 before the storm Sandy. Oil on linen, backed with board. There is slight damage to the frame in the lower right corner which will be repaired or replaced.
The scene on a beautiful New Jersey beach evolved in September 2012 as Superstorm Sandy raged up the Atlantic coast. The artist translates the feeling of calm before an impending historic storm. The path to the beach is empty as the residents have taken shelter. The sky is changing from blue to gray as clouds gather.
The artist words best describe her passion for the New Jersey coast. “The landscape of New Jersey is my primary focus. My love of the coastal areas began in childhood with summers spent at the Jersey shore. I paint in oil both en plein air, which is an exhilarating and challenging experience that feeds my soul, and in my Medford studio.
Representational with loose visible brushstrokes and the intent to convey feeling is how I describe my painting style. I want the viewer to be able to feel the sun and smell the sea.” Those feelings are conveyed in this piece.
Susan Barnes, a native of New Jersey, has been painting in oils actively since the mid 1990’s and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Seeking her own educational path at Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and by attending various workshops, she has learned from a generation of painters that studied under the tutelage of Arthur DeCosta at PAFA.
Her focus is atmosphere and mood with a representational style, wanting the viewer to be able to feel the sun and smell the sea.
Memberships include the Philadelphia Sketch Club, American Society of Marine Artists, American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.
Additional experience includes serving as a juror, teaching a portrait painting demo and gelatin monotype demo, still life painting workshop. She most recently served as curator for a traveling show that was held at the Medford Art Center.
Her work is included in Burlington County’s permanent collection, Congressman Tom MacArthur as well as private collections throughout the country.
Perfect for a shore house and blends in with any decor.
Framed size: 15″ wide x 13 1/4″ high.