Art Along the Pacific Coast

The West Coast Shorelines Series

In the song “Round Here’ by the Counting Crows we hear the words:

And she walks along the edge
Of where the ocean meets the land
Just like she’s walking on a wire in the circus

There is a bit of magic where the ocean, land, and air interact to create both visual beauty and a space where inner reflections can take hold. The coastlines of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California are particularly potent because of the dramatic mountainous geography that collides with the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.

These coastal spaces on the margins of the North American continent are dynamic environments with their own microclimates created from cold, moist Pacific air flowing eastward and being forced aloft by the mountainous terrain.

Unique temperate rain forest and redwood forest thrive in this environment, and the near shore marine world is packed with kelp forest supporting magnificent ecosystems.

This series visually explores these intricate and beautiful coastlines.

Luminescent Beach Debris

Luminescent Beach Debris – (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved) Artist: WM House

The massive, weather root system of a logged tree washed ashore on Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Partially buried in the sand, it forms a natural sculpture on the beach front.

Sand Fractals

Sand Fractals – (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved) Artist: WM House

Patterns etched in the sand from an outwash stream along Rockaway Beach, Oregon provide a delicately formed array with contrasting deposits of black and yellow sand.

Alone

Lone Cypress
Alone – (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved) Artist: WM House

This work is a digital art rendition of the famous Lone Cypress. The tree is a Monterey cypress located along the coastal drive near Pebble Beach California. 

This image places the cypress tree against a fading, horizonless background and emphasizes the natural beauty of the granite outcrop on which the tree grows.

The Lone Cypress looks out over the pacific Ocean from its perch on a Cretaceous age granite outcrop. These rocks are part of the Salinian block, a geologic terrane which lies west of the main San Andreas Fault. 

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Mist at Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Mist at Yaquina Head Lighthouse – (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved) Artist: WM House

Yaquina Head is located along the Oregon Coast just north of the town of Newport. The lighthouse has been active since 1873 and was originally know as the Cape Foulweather Lighthouse.

The artwork captures the interplay between the vibrant green of the Pacific Ocean and the rusty orange and red of the rugged headlands. The viewer’s eye can drift beyond the headlands into the developing fog.

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California Gray

California Gray
California Gray (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved) Artist: WM House

The northern coastline of California is an ever-changing landscape. A small tree-covered island is captured on a gray day. But even gray days in California have their charms along the Pacific coast. Subtle reds, greens, and purples provide contrast against the gray skies, with bad weather looming on the horizon.

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Dancing

Jellyfish
Dancing (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved) Artist: WM House

Monterey jellyfish caught in an intricate dance against the deep blue. Suspended in their aqueous home, they dance in three dimensions following steps choreographed by swirling ocean currents.

Monterey Coast

Monterey Coast
Monterey Coast by WM House (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved)

The rugged shorelines on this stretch of the coast are fertile grounds for many artists. This particular artwork started as a photograph taken on a sunless day against a gray sky. Pacific Ocean mist was obscuring much of the horizon and the lack of sunlight rendered the rock in gray and brown tones. Slight rearrangements in the composition and separate modifications of the foreground and background in Adobe Creative Cloud led to the final image.

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Twin Rocks

Twin Rocks
Twin Rocks by WM House (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved) Artist: WM House

An art exposé of Rockaway Beach, Oregon would not be complete without addressing the Twin Rocks. These two 100 foot tall monuments sit just offshore from pristine, sand beaches. The rocks are eroded remnants of resistant basalts that were originally emplaced about 15 to 20 million years ago.

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Walking on Rockaway

Walking on Rockaway
Walking on Rockaway by WM House (Copyright Archean Enterprises, LLC 2021. All Rights Reserved)

The artwork “Walking on Rockaway” captures a northward looking view along Rockaway Beach emphasizing the unique space where the mountains, beaches, sea, and sky intertwine into a calm, beautiful scene on a slightly overcast, hazy day.

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