At Rest at Wanchese, 20 x 13.5 inches, watercolor on paper.
DeCHESERE moved to the Wilmington area
during the early 1970s and started his own
architecture and construction business.
“At Rest at Wanchese” is newer among his
oeuvre and is demonstrative of the por-tion
of his work that focuses on life and
his experiences in Southeastern North Carolina. This 20 x
13.5 inches work of watercolor on paper depicts a boat
called the “Mariner” — a fishing vessel that has docked
at an open marina reminiscent of local spots along the
The piece is dynamic and full of movement, despite the
boat itself being at rest. Ripples along the water’s surface
suggest a breeze and the presence of other boats nearby;
seagulls take flight from neighboring surfaces and circle
the scene; and two figures on the far left appear busy with
some related task, perhaps prepping a recent catch or
packing supplies for the next trip out. Despite the action
surrounding it, the boat sits calmly, appealingly suggesting
reliability and familiarity. DeChesere employs an almost
monochromatic color scheme, relying on several shades of
blue and grey to add depth and detail.
DeChesere has recently devoted himself to fully devel-oping
his artistic skills. He describes the process as “paint-ing
forward and learning backwards.”
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