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"Over the Horizon"
Original Painting
in Private Collection
at Palmetto Bay, Florida

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 Private collection in Palmetto Bay, Florida
  • gold, copper, oil, acrylic and spray paint on mylar & plexiglass
  • 54" x 33"
  • Over the Horizon is a work of art inspired by the poem, “Gone From My Sight,” by Henry Van Dyke. This piece pays homage to that poem, with special attention paid to the metallic, gold and copper leafing used throughout to capture the true essence of a ship on majestic waters. The intricate detailing amongst the ship and the waters below evoke an ethereal image of what lays beyond our sight. Light subtly reflects the leafing detail throughout the painting for an almost celestial, ghost-like sense of a different space and time. The use of rich purples and blues throughout give special focus to the sometimes tumultuous nature of the waves.

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...