Two thousand years ago,Caesareawas the second most important port in Herod's Israel. Sophisticated Roman construction techniques produced a system of concrete piers that welcomed ships from around the world. The port city was a marketplace for ideas as well as commercial products; it was one of the principal centers from which word of the new religion reached the world.
Today, all that remains ofCaesareais a handful of ruined wharfs where intrepid fishermen tie their boats and cast their rods. In myCaesareapainting, I decided to feature one such individual as a tribute to the long line of fishermen who played such a critical role in biblical history.
I worked onCaesareaat sunset, as the sun touched the wispy clouds with gold and painted the azure Mediterranean a rich cobalt blue. I worked at a frantic pace as I struggled to keep up with the setting sun. I think you'll note the broken colors and bold brush strokes that give plein air studies like this their energy and dramatic power. Caesarea may not be a vigorous port any longer, but I certainly attempted to make myCaesareaa vigorous painting.