“Nova Albion”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2018


I could see this painting, or something much like it, long before arriving. Just looking at this place on a map reveals a tantalizing thin finger of land extending out to the shelter of a sweeping bay- the roaring Pacific one one side and calm waters on the other. That sort of thing gets me fired up, and why not? There’s not many places one can stand in California and get this two-sided dynamic in one frame.

This bay is the site where an english explorer first claimed this land for England over 400 years ago, dubbing it Nova Albion- latin for “New England”. This was before that term had come into use for the Northeastern United States. England never followed up on the claim though, and Spain continued it’s expanding rule of the region they called Alta California. Nova Albion would be lost except to the history books, and a few old maps.

This painting could have also been lost had I not used every ounce of weight in my pack to keep my easel anchored in the howling wind on this exposed headland.

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