This fairly large alkyd (for me) was done for the 2001 Modern Marine Masters exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. The scene is similar to a view near Jonesport, Maine, but I have changed several things to help the composition and draw interest to specific areas. In the actual view, there was a dock at the location of the rocks by the shoreline on the left. On the right, I added a large tree as an element to contain the composition. The foreground was completely changed, and flowered bushes were added. I posed my scale model of the Maria Elena as the lobsterboat near the rocks, and added a lobsterman talking to two children on the rocks. These figures are less than 1/4" high. The painting took approximately four months to complete.
"A View Down East" was featured in a step-by-step procedural essay in American Artist Magazine's November 2001 issue.