Oceans and Dreams: The Art of Lee W. Mothes (a.k.a. my dad)
Since my birth, this art has been part of my life. Not kidding. My dad has worked at home most of my life, in a studio somewhere in the house or very nearby (currently above my sister's coffee shop with gallery space and all). Not only the art has been influential, but the ocean as well. I was born on the Oregon coast, and although I only lived there for a couple of years as a baby, the influence that the west coast has had on my family and continues to have--through these paintings and trips out there--draws me ever more to the west coast. Someday I imagine I'll stay there for a while.
A little history: Lee Mothes was born and raised on the California coast, where the images and inspiration for his paintings are still derived from, although he's lived in Wisconsin for over 25 years. He takes frequent trips out to the west coast for photographs and to take in the atmosphere, so the views and influences are continually fresh.
|Mid Morning; watercolor|
He just finished a couple of new pieces (untitled as yet), and I wanted to share one, since they really grabbed my attention:
And then just a few more. This one hung in my apartment for a while:
|Maui Thunder; acrylic|
Since the shift from all-watercolor to mostly acrylic over the years, and also his focus more on surf and beaches rather than idyllic house porches and patios with the ocean as a backdrop, his work has taken on a more exciting, energetic quality. I've always loved his work, and I wanted to share some of it, especially since I've been lately craving a trip to the west coast. It's been a while.