Gasparilla Island Light restored to its former glory 

Built in 1881, Gasparilla Light is restored thanks to efforts by the local community, businesses, grants and the Barrier Island Parks Society. The non profit spearheaded the decades long task. The society received The Florida Trust Award for outstanding achievement. 

The lighthouse shines after receiving a replica of the original 4th order Fresnel lens and being recommissioning by the US Coast Guard. Visitors can now climb the lighthouse and celebrate the view and restoration. 


Words Do Have Power

Cape Florida Lighthouse.

Cape Florida Lighthouse is the closest lighthouse to Miami.

Words do have power. Now that I look back on this quote by a fellow artist, ” First the rats, then the roaches, then the artists…”I realize how it started me on my journey of painting lighthouses. My friend was lamenting the demise of neighborhoods due to the demolition of buildings. This thought planted a seed that came to fruition when I moved to Miami Beach years later. 

Miami Beach

Miami Beach is more than fun in the sun.

In Miami Beach, I discovered the Art Deco District and how it came into being because of the passion and foresight of one woman, Barbara Capitman, a New Yorker. She was the force behind the creation of the Miami Design Preservation League. This non profit organization is responsible for the Miami Art Deco District becoming the first 20th Century neighborhood to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. Through their hard work an entire neighborhood was saved from demolition. 

The Post Office in Miami Beach is an Art Deco building.

The Miami Beach Post Office is an Art Deco Building.

It was in Miami that I began painting landscape architecture, Art Deco buildings. Previously, I only painted portraits. My art and passion for history found a new voice. As I finished painting and exhibiting the Art Deco buildings, I began wondering what my next step would be. 

A painting of an Art Deco building.

The Molbar one of the Art Deco buildings I painted.

Thinking about my trips to the beach as a child and my love of history, lighthouses became my new subject matter. As I researched lighthouses, I learned how they were in dire need of preservation due to neglect. After years of faithful service, these guardians of sea were deemed excess property by the government and irrelevant in terms of navigation. I wanted to help change that perception through my paintings. Not only would I paint lighthouses, I would promote lighthouses for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. 
Brant Point Lighthouse.

Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket one of the newest paintings I’ve done.

So this is where I am now. First the rats, then the roaches, then the artists. 

Drawing a lighthouse

I’ve drawn and painted lighthouses in the United States and Europe.

A Distant Shore 

I must confess. I have mixed feelings about drawing lighthouses off shore. Can I really have the true lighthouse experience at a distant shore? In all honesty can I say I visited a lighthouse when my heart but not my feet has touched it grounds? I wrested with these feelings when painting the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine. Also since the lighthouse was under renovation, I couldn’t see all of it. As I painted the lighthouse I remember being captivated by what I think was the fuel house, the picket fence, the lighthouse windows and the rocky shore. Even at a distant shore these elements resonated with me.

A Marvel of Human Ingenuity 

West Rathlin Lighthouse.

West Rathlin Lighthouse was built with beacon below the tower.

The upside down lighthouse on Rathlin Island in Ireland is a marvel of human ingenuity. Unlike most lighthouses, the Keepers at West Rathlin Lighthouse had to climb down to the light. The Commissioners of Irish Lights Engineer-in-Chief CW Scott came up with this novel idea. Because the top cliff was often obscured by fog and low clouds, a traditional lighthouse would not do. 

Built in 1912 on a somewhat vertical cliff, the upside down lighthouse was a huge undertaking. It took almost 4 years to complete. The enormous amount concrete used had to be mixed by hand. An inclined railway was built for transporting materials.

I’m a little lighthouse short and stout

A picture of Brant Point Lighthouse.

Brant Point Lighthouse is the shortest lighthouse in New England.

After painting Florida’s towering lighthouses, I was startled when I first encountered New England’s stout lighthouses. After having painted two on Martha’s Vineyard, I smiled when I approached Nantucket’s little Brant Point Lighthouse. It is New England’s shortest lighthouse and the site of America’s second oldest lighthouse. The current lighthouse was built in 1901. 

The Coast is Clear

Picture of Amelia Island Lighthouse.

Amelia Island Lighthouse is Florida’s oldest lighthouse.

The “Coast is Clear” for a new breathtaking look at my lighthouse paintings. I’m celebrating the relaunch of my website with a holiday sale. I’ve made my site easier to navigate. I relaunched it after finishing a series of businesses classes. 

Picture of Trinity Ligghtship.

Trinity Lightship is located at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, UK.

I enrolled in SCORE’s (Service Corps of Retired Executives) free workshops on “Marketing Your Business.” I also took SCORE’s workshops on “Defining Your Target” and “Increasing Profitability.” Today I just completed the class “Selling Items Online” conducted by my local library. Besides the relaunching of my website, I look forward to implementing what I’ve learned and enhancing my community. What an exciting way to end the year! 

Weird Perceptions of Artists 

I know people have weird perceptions of artists. I never thought I’d feel like a race horse!I had 5 minutes to draw this lighthouse. It was an unscheduled stop during a tour of Ireland lighthouses. The other passengers cheered me on with “Go Elaine, go!” as I was finished the drawing.