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by Sam Juliano

Esteemed author Robert Burleigh and legendary artist Wendell Minor have previously gone aquatic in their non-fiction collaboration Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue.  The arresting work includes oceanic tapestries by Minor combining the visceral aspects of whale movement in the open sea with sublime compositions that convey the breathtaking aquamarine beauty of the sea.  The pair’s most famous partnership to date is the magnificent Edward Hopper Paints His World, based on the iconic artist, but leading up to that critically-lauded work they joined forces in taking on everybody’s favorite American, Abe Lincoln,  the transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, and ornithologist John James Audubon.

The naturalist Winslow Homer (1836-1910), like Hopper, is an American treasure, and in a sensory exploration of Homer’s relationship with the sea, author and illustrator stress how nature’s changes enable this painter to re-create the environmental phenomenon of oceanic waves by negotiating a work-in-progress,  one replicating reality by dabs of a paint brush, and progressive incorporation of color.

Slowly, the painting shifts as layers of gray, white, and yellow magically transform the waves.   The painting is still – yet full of motion.

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