Sly
Sly

Known for feats of both mental and physical agility, the Octopus is one Gulf resident that deserves the adjective, 'Sly'.

Fish Class
Fish Class

The subject matter of this image is the regional, nautical, oddity of wooden boats, many of which were build nearly 100 years ago, racing on Mobile Bay. This gaff-rigged class is known as 'Fish Class'.

Speckled
Speckled

Spotted Seatrout, also known as Speckled Trout, and locally referred to most commonly as Specs are one of the best inshore fish to catch, clean, and eat in our area. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know this species over the years.

Redfish
Redfish

Popular table-fare, but perhaps more popular for their fight, Bull Reds can be caught trolling offshore or in back bays and waterways.

See?
See?

The Seahorse is a Gulf resident that is not so easy to find. This painting was inspired by an underwater picture from Lila Harris of Aquatic Soul Photography. Check her work out at http://aquaticsoulphotography.zenfolio.com 

"Spotted"
"Spotted"

Spotted Seatrout, also known as Speckled Trout, and locally referred to most commonly as Specs are one of the best inshore fish to catch, clean, and eat in our area. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know this species over the years.

"Fish breath"
"Fish breath"

Dolphin frolicking and feeding is a treasured spectacle along the Gulf Coast. Dozens of "Dolphin Cruise" boats can be seen, daily, watching the local waters for this entertaining jumping and playing.This painting was inspired by a photo that Jack Snow of Offshore Imaging took while a dolphin was jumping and playing in the wake of a large sport-fishing boat. 

"Flounder Landing"
"Flounder Landing"

A lucky cast off the dock on Terry Cove resulted in a delicious dinner. The whole story is right there; He hit a Chartreuse, 3" Gulp Swim Mullet on a 1/8oz red jig head. 

"Rocky Blue"
"Rocky Blue"

A Great Blue Heron stalks the water surrounding a rock jetty with long, deliberate steps, constantly scanning the water for prey.

"Bluegill"
"Bluegill"

Bluegills are popular panfish, caught with live bait such as worms or crickets, even a piece of corn, or bread pressed around a hook is good enough to entice them to bite. They have even been known to hit a bare hook. I remember bluegill bream as the coolest fish caught in my freshwater childhood.

"Asterozoa"
"Asterozoa"

This starfish was an afternoon find on Perdido Key that turned into a biology lesson for the entire family. Upon finding it, my 5 year old daughter said, "DADDY, YOU SHOULD DRAW THIS!" Who could say no to that?

Move Like a Jellyfish
Move Like a Jellyfish

I consider jellyfish to be somewhat mystical, and the way they move contributes to this belief more than most other aspects of their being.

Rhythm is Nothing
Rhythm is Nothing

Jellyfish march to the tune of their own drummer, so to speak, but so fluid are their movements that it seems to disqualify this statement entirely.

Go With the Flow
Go With the Flow

While they exhibit some control over their movement in their immediate surroundings, jellyfish find themselves at the mercy of greater currents, whether they realize it or not. Much is the same for us two-legged creatures.

You Don't Stop
You Don't Stop

No matter how still one thinks he is... You don't stop, ever...

"Westward Sunrise"
"Westward Sunrise"

We are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets here along the Gulf Coast. This sunrise was so intense that the vibrant colors could be seen even when facing west.

Gulf Sunrise
Gulf Sunrise

An early morning rendering of gulls in flight with condos in the distance. 

Honu
Honu

This young green turtle seems to beckon one to follow, as if he (or she) knows the way, the true and honest way.

Wild Shrimp
Wild Shrimp

Buy locally caught, wild shrimp, like this guy!

 

"Eat Me?!"
"Eat Me?!"

This image was inspired by the many angry, defensive, and delicious looking blue crabs that have graced my traps here along the Gulf Coast.

"Pelicans' Perch"
"Pelicans' Perch"

This image is a combination of several photos taken on an outing in Bon Secour Bay aboard and old wooden skiff with the entire family on board. 

"Green Turtle"
"Green Turtle"

The beaches along the Alabama Gulf Coast are not only comprised of some of the whitest, softest sand on the planet, but are also the terrestrial home to this species of sea turtle and others who return year after year to lay their eggs.

"Pelicanesque"
"Pelicanesque"

White pelicans are symbolic of many attributes. I tend to view them as a symbol of marital harmony, and familial unity. In winter they visit, here in LA (Lower Alabama), in large numbers. They do not dive individually for fish as the brown pelicans do. Instead, they work as a group herding fish into shallow areas where it is easier to feed on them and ensure each member of the group may take a meal. -from an original design by Kathie George.

"Facing East at Sunset"
"Facing East at Sunset"

This was a commission for a resident of Bon Secour. If you zoom in a bit, you can see their three children sitting on the dock.

"Gulf Turtle"
"Gulf Turtle"

Long journeys and heavy burdens seem to be the way of the turtle. Numerous species come to our beaches annually to lay their eggs.

"Zig Zag"
"Zig Zag"

This commission piece was painted from a sunrise picture taken in the early 80's at a popular local establishment. Pirate's Cove, thank goodness you're still here!

"Beach Heron"
"Beach Heron"

A familiar scene along the Gulf Coast, a Great Blue Heron patiently awaits the fishing hour...

"Pushed Ashore"
"Pushed Ashore"

The Morning Star, a massive wooden vessel and once proud member of the Bon Secour Shrimping Fleet, now sits high on the banks of what has historically been known as a safe harbor.

This year marks the 10th year that she has rested in this spot. Hurricane Ivan struck Bon Secour, a name that translates to "safe Harbor", on Sept 24th, 2004 with an unprecedented storm surge. The local community has embraced this perpetual reminder as a landmark, preserving it to tell its tale to all that come to pass. 

You can drive Co Rd 10 until the deadend, take a left and see he on your right or by water at 3(0 18'16" N, 87 43' 55" W).

"The Morning Star"
"The Morning Star"

The Morning Star, a massive wooden vessel and once proud member of the Bon Secour Shrimping Fleet, now sits high on the banks of what has historically been known as a safe harbor. 

This year marks the 10th year that she has rested in this spot. Hurricane Ivan struck Bon Secour, a name that translates to "safe Harbor", on Sept 24th, 2004 with an unprecedented storm surge. The local community has embraced this perpetual reminder as a landmark, preserving it to tell its tale to all that come to pass. 

You can drive Co Rd 10 until the deadend, take a left and see he on your right or by water at 3(0 18'16" N, 87 43' 55" W).

"Blue Crab"
"Blue Crab"

Defensive for a reason, blue crabs are on the menu for many species, both above and below the water line.

"Osprey"
"Osprey"

A proud raptor that was on the brink of extinction now flourishes along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. 

www.ospreycamera.com features the nest of a family of them near our home.

"Badfish"
"Badfish"

This Black Drum was an estimated 35lbs. He was caught in front of LuLu's at Homeport Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway. Painted from a picture of the proud fisherman holding him up for the camera.

I can paint your fish too!

"Lee Yankie"
"Lee Yankie"

A portrait of a popular local performer. Check him out at www.leeyankie.com

June's Bayou
June's Bayou

A treasured view of Pirate's Cove. From this vantage point you can witness amazing sunrises as well as all boat traffic that enters the bayou. And, if the music sounds good, it is just a short walk to join in...

Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin

Commissioned by Orange Beach Elementary School (Go Marlins!) to paint a blue marlin over the entryway to the school, I used the mounted marlin that hangs in the main office as a model. This image is painted from the same model and a portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to support OBES PTO. You can see pictures of the mural at this link: http://nick-cantrell.squarespace.com/orange-beach-marlin-mural/

Lost Key Sea Oats
Lost Key Sea Oats

A familiar scene along the Gulf Coast, sea oats rustle in the shore breeze. This piece was inspired on a family trip to Perdido Key State Park where we found sand dollars and starfish (which also inspired another painting). Perdido translates to "lost" in Spanish. 

"Grander"
"Grander"

Large blue marlin have traditionally been amongst the most highly prized angling captures, and a fish weighing 1,000 pounds, a "grander", has historically been regarded by blue and black marlin anglers as the benchmark for a truly outstanding catch.

"Meadowlark"
"Meadowlark"

The sweet, lazy whistles of Eastern Meadowlarks waft over summer grasslands and farms in eastern North America. The birds themselves sing from fenceposts and telephone lines or stalk through the grasses, probing the ground for insects with their long, sharp bills. On the ground, their brown-and-black dappled upperparts camouflage the birds. But up on perches, they reveal bright-yellow underparts and a striking black chevron across the chest. (www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Meadowlark/id)

"Drifting In"
"Drifting In"

This is an image of 3 sunfish sailing into Robert's Bayou by Pirate's Cove after a race. Every Wednesday during the spring and summer a casual Sunfish Regatta is held in Arnica Bay. BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) and come join us!

"Great Blue Progeny"
"Great Blue Progeny"

The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America, having a wingspan of nearly 6 feet! They are common along the Gulf Coast, and typically lay 2-6 pale blue eggs in a nest constructed of twigs. The hatchlings are covered in pale gray down (this little guy reminds me of a dandelion). Both parents care for and feed the chicks until they are ready to leave the nest. 

"Morning Glory"
"Morning Glory"

Due to the Morning Glory's flowers short life span, (typically blooming in the morning and gone by nightfall) the flowers have come to signify love (sometimes unrequited) and affection, mortality, mourning, the shortness of life, and even resurrection.

The seeds of some morning glory species contain hallucinogenic properties similar to LSD, the extraction of which is illegal in the US. 


 

Octopus_Ursula.jpg
SunSet Point.jpg
Evening Illumination.jpg
LionFish.jpg
Magnolia Bloom.jpg
Magnolia Large.jpg
Finn Olympic Class.jpg
Pitcher Plant.jpg
Pitcher Family.jpg
Sunset Dunes.jpg
"Sun Swirl"
"Sun Swirl"
Evening Vortices.jpg
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Sly
Fish Class
Speckled
Redfish
See?
"Spotted"
"Fish breath"
"Flounder Landing"
"Rocky Blue"
"Bluegill"
"Asterozoa"
Move Like a Jellyfish
Rhythm is Nothing
Go With the Flow
You Don't Stop
"Westward Sunrise"
Gulf Sunrise
Honu
Wild Shrimp
"Eat Me?!"
"Pelicans' Perch"
"Green Turtle"
"Pelicanesque"
"Facing East at Sunset"
"Gulf Turtle"
"Zig Zag"
"Beach Heron"
"Pushed Ashore"
"The Morning Star"
"Blue Crab"
"Osprey"
"Badfish"
"Lee Yankie"
June's Bayou
Blue Marlin
Lost Key Sea Oats
"Grander"
"Meadowlark"
"Drifting In"
"Great Blue Progeny"
"Morning Glory"
Octopus_Ursula.jpg
SunSet Point.jpg
Evening Illumination.jpg
LionFish.jpg
Magnolia Bloom.jpg
Magnolia Large.jpg
Finn Olympic Class.jpg
Pitcher Plant.jpg
Pitcher Family.jpg
Sunset Dunes.jpg
"Sun Swirl"
Evening Vortices.jpg
Marlin painting timelapse
Sly

Known for feats of both mental and physical agility, the Octopus is one Gulf resident that deserves the adjective, 'Sly'.

Fish Class

The subject matter of this image is the regional, nautical, oddity of wooden boats, many of which were build nearly 100 years ago, racing on Mobile Bay. This gaff-rigged class is known as 'Fish Class'.

Speckled

Spotted Seatrout, also known as Speckled Trout, and locally referred to most commonly as Specs are one of the best inshore fish to catch, clean, and eat in our area. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know this species over the years.

Redfish

Popular table-fare, but perhaps more popular for their fight, Bull Reds can be caught trolling offshore or in back bays and waterways.

See?

The Seahorse is a Gulf resident that is not so easy to find. This painting was inspired by an underwater picture from Lila Harris of Aquatic Soul Photography. Check her work out at http://aquaticsoulphotography.zenfolio.com 

"Spotted"

Spotted Seatrout, also known as Speckled Trout, and locally referred to most commonly as Specs are one of the best inshore fish to catch, clean, and eat in our area. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to get to know this species over the years.

"Fish breath"

Dolphin frolicking and feeding is a treasured spectacle along the Gulf Coast. Dozens of "Dolphin Cruise" boats can be seen, daily, watching the local waters for this entertaining jumping and playing.This painting was inspired by a photo that Jack Snow of Offshore Imaging took while a dolphin was jumping and playing in the wake of a large sport-fishing boat. 

"Flounder Landing"

A lucky cast off the dock on Terry Cove resulted in a delicious dinner. The whole story is right there; He hit a Chartreuse, 3" Gulp Swim Mullet on a 1/8oz red jig head. 

"Rocky Blue"

A Great Blue Heron stalks the water surrounding a rock jetty with long, deliberate steps, constantly scanning the water for prey.

"Bluegill"

Bluegills are popular panfish, caught with live bait such as worms or crickets, even a piece of corn, or bread pressed around a hook is good enough to entice them to bite. They have even been known to hit a bare hook. I remember bluegill bream as the coolest fish caught in my freshwater childhood.

"Asterozoa"

This starfish was an afternoon find on Perdido Key that turned into a biology lesson for the entire family. Upon finding it, my 5 year old daughter said, "DADDY, YOU SHOULD DRAW THIS!" Who could say no to that?

Move Like a Jellyfish

I consider jellyfish to be somewhat mystical, and the way they move contributes to this belief more than most other aspects of their being.

Rhythm is Nothing

Jellyfish march to the tune of their own drummer, so to speak, but so fluid are their movements that it seems to disqualify this statement entirely.

Go With the Flow

While they exhibit some control over their movement in their immediate surroundings, jellyfish find themselves at the mercy of greater currents, whether they realize it or not. Much is the same for us two-legged creatures.

You Don't Stop

No matter how still one thinks he is... You don't stop, ever...

"Westward Sunrise"

We are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets here along the Gulf Coast. This sunrise was so intense that the vibrant colors could be seen even when facing west.

Gulf Sunrise

An early morning rendering of gulls in flight with condos in the distance. 

Honu

This young green turtle seems to beckon one to follow, as if he (or she) knows the way, the true and honest way.

Wild Shrimp

Buy locally caught, wild shrimp, like this guy!

 

"Eat Me?!"

This image was inspired by the many angry, defensive, and delicious looking blue crabs that have graced my traps here along the Gulf Coast.

"Pelicans' Perch"

This image is a combination of several photos taken on an outing in Bon Secour Bay aboard and old wooden skiff with the entire family on board. 

"Green Turtle"

The beaches along the Alabama Gulf Coast are not only comprised of some of the whitest, softest sand on the planet, but are also the terrestrial home to this species of sea turtle and others who return year after year to lay their eggs.

"Pelicanesque"

White pelicans are symbolic of many attributes. I tend to view them as a symbol of marital harmony, and familial unity. In winter they visit, here in LA (Lower Alabama), in large numbers. They do not dive individually for fish as the brown pelicans do. Instead, they work as a group herding fish into shallow areas where it is easier to feed on them and ensure each member of the group may take a meal. -from an original design by Kathie George.

"Facing East at Sunset"

This was a commission for a resident of Bon Secour. If you zoom in a bit, you can see their three children sitting on the dock.

"Gulf Turtle"

Long journeys and heavy burdens seem to be the way of the turtle. Numerous species come to our beaches annually to lay their eggs.

"Zig Zag"

This commission piece was painted from a sunrise picture taken in the early 80's at a popular local establishment. Pirate's Cove, thank goodness you're still here!

"Beach Heron"

A familiar scene along the Gulf Coast, a Great Blue Heron patiently awaits the fishing hour...

"Pushed Ashore"

The Morning Star, a massive wooden vessel and once proud member of the Bon Secour Shrimping Fleet, now sits high on the banks of what has historically been known as a safe harbor.

This year marks the 10th year that she has rested in this spot. Hurricane Ivan struck Bon Secour, a name that translates to "safe Harbor", on Sept 24th, 2004 with an unprecedented storm surge. The local community has embraced this perpetual reminder as a landmark, preserving it to tell its tale to all that come to pass. 

You can drive Co Rd 10 until the deadend, take a left and see he on your right or by water at 3(0 18'16" N, 87 43' 55" W).

"The Morning Star"

The Morning Star, a massive wooden vessel and once proud member of the Bon Secour Shrimping Fleet, now sits high on the banks of what has historically been known as a safe harbor. 

This year marks the 10th year that she has rested in this spot. Hurricane Ivan struck Bon Secour, a name that translates to "safe Harbor", on Sept 24th, 2004 with an unprecedented storm surge. The local community has embraced this perpetual reminder as a landmark, preserving it to tell its tale to all that come to pass. 

You can drive Co Rd 10 until the deadend, take a left and see he on your right or by water at 3(0 18'16" N, 87 43' 55" W).

"Blue Crab"

Defensive for a reason, blue crabs are on the menu for many species, both above and below the water line.

"Osprey"

A proud raptor that was on the brink of extinction now flourishes along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. 

www.ospreycamera.com features the nest of a family of them near our home.

"Badfish"

This Black Drum was an estimated 35lbs. He was caught in front of LuLu's at Homeport Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway. Painted from a picture of the proud fisherman holding him up for the camera.

I can paint your fish too!

"Lee Yankie"

A portrait of a popular local performer. Check him out at www.leeyankie.com

June's Bayou

A treasured view of Pirate's Cove. From this vantage point you can witness amazing sunrises as well as all boat traffic that enters the bayou. And, if the music sounds good, it is just a short walk to join in...

Blue Marlin

Commissioned by Orange Beach Elementary School (Go Marlins!) to paint a blue marlin over the entryway to the school, I used the mounted marlin that hangs in the main office as a model. This image is painted from the same model and a portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to support OBES PTO. You can see pictures of the mural at this link: http://nick-cantrell.squarespace.com/orange-beach-marlin-mural/

Lost Key Sea Oats

A familiar scene along the Gulf Coast, sea oats rustle in the shore breeze. This piece was inspired on a family trip to Perdido Key State Park where we found sand dollars and starfish (which also inspired another painting). Perdido translates to "lost" in Spanish. 

"Grander"

Large blue marlin have traditionally been amongst the most highly prized angling captures, and a fish weighing 1,000 pounds, a "grander", has historically been regarded by blue and black marlin anglers as the benchmark for a truly outstanding catch.

"Meadowlark"

The sweet, lazy whistles of Eastern Meadowlarks waft over summer grasslands and farms in eastern North America. The birds themselves sing from fenceposts and telephone lines or stalk through the grasses, probing the ground for insects with their long, sharp bills. On the ground, their brown-and-black dappled upperparts camouflage the birds. But up on perches, they reveal bright-yellow underparts and a striking black chevron across the chest. (www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Meadowlark/id)

"Drifting In"

This is an image of 3 sunfish sailing into Robert's Bayou by Pirate's Cove after a race. Every Wednesday during the spring and summer a casual Sunfish Regatta is held in Arnica Bay. BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) and come join us!

"Great Blue Progeny"

The great blue heron is the largest heron in North America, having a wingspan of nearly 6 feet! They are common along the Gulf Coast, and typically lay 2-6 pale blue eggs in a nest constructed of twigs. The hatchlings are covered in pale gray down (this little guy reminds me of a dandelion). Both parents care for and feed the chicks until they are ready to leave the nest. 

"Morning Glory"

Due to the Morning Glory's flowers short life span, (typically blooming in the morning and gone by nightfall) the flowers have come to signify love (sometimes unrequited) and affection, mortality, mourning, the shortness of life, and even resurrection.

The seeds of some morning glory species contain hallucinogenic properties similar to LSD, the extraction of which is illegal in the US. 


 

"Sun Swirl"
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