After a hectic visit at Martha’s Vineyard, I was looking forward to a quiet stay on Nantucket Island. The quaint resort and peaceful island was relaxing and a welcome reprieve. Nantucket was designated a national landmark in the 50s. A commission actively limits construction to ensure that the island is homogeneous and uniform. Almost all the houses have cedar shingles. The cobble stoned streets in the Historic District hail from an earlier era.
The island has not always been a sanctuary or a peaceful resort. Nantucket, once known as the “Whaling Capital” of the world, is featured in Herman Melville’s tumultuous novel, “Moby Dick.” The first lighthouse was built in 1746 after Sea Captains demanded a lighthouse to protect their investments.
New England's shortest lighthouse now welcomes tourists instead of whaling vessels.
Brant Point Lighthouse has a reputation for reinventing itself; it has been rebuilt more than any other lighthouse in the United States.
My painting evokes the peaceful mood and beckoning call of the tiny 26 feet lighthouse.
When I am not traveling to or painting lighthouses, I am writing or researching lighthouses.