“There’s that feeling of anticipation entering the path to the beach, then seeing the ocean for the first time after traveling to get there,” Meade says. He and Kathie, his wife of 32 years, used to travel great distances from their New Jersey home to visit family and spend a week at Wrightsville Beach every summer. Now retired, they live just a short drive away from the seashore, but the proximity doesn’t diminish the emotion stirred by that first view of the ocean. “I still get that feeling,” Meade says. “The lure of the ocean is abstract. There’s always an anticipation.” Many versions of that foot-printed path can be found in his studio: flower-edged fencing guiding the way; swaying sea oats capping the dunes; waves crashing in the distance; and a warm glow of morning light washing over the scene. Each has a different focal point — a small boy with a fishing pole heading to the ocean; chairs perched at the edge of the water; a solitary woman enjoying that first glimpse; or simply an empty path Perfect Morning, 20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas. leading to the ultimate focus. 58 WBM june 2016 Jetty Beach, 16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas.
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