On location, out in nature, artist Jill Berry works with oil paint and a palette knife to produce her impressionistic landscapes. She shares insight regarding her INSPIRATION and INTERPRETATION of the local environment in NW Florida.
The awesome thing about being outside is the atmosphere is always in motion. Indoors is static. But the natural forces of wind and light provide energy to my psyche.
Surely the light did keep changing as I worked on this, but I tried to retain as my central focus- the bright morning glare on the water.
At some points you could barely distinguish where the the sky met the Gulf.
An interesting thing about this location, besides being a favorite surfing spot, is the historic cross.
"The 10-foot, cast concrete cross on Pensacola Beach commemorates the first Christian mass held in the United States. The Knights of Columbus first placed it on the north side of Fort Pickens Road in 1959 as part of the Quadra centennial celebration of Don Tristan de Luna's landing in Pensacola, establishing America's first European settlement. Some time later, the cross was moved to its current home on the south side of Fort Pickens Road.
The Cross has stood firm through many bouts with Mother Nature, including most recently Hurricane Ivan, which flattened most gulf-front dunes for several miles east and west. So far, there is no scientific explanation as to why the dune and the cross have been spared so many times. According to several residents, the answer will never come from science but instead can be found from within."