Lighthouse Art & Illustration

Lighthouses are unto a world all of their own. Beacons for safe passage in perilous and harsh locations. Built of wood, stone, brick, concrete or steel… Sometimes they survive and stand for hundreds of years… Sometimes the wind and the sea take them down and turn them to rubble, dust and memories. Giclee Prints are available of all of these lighthouse watercolor paintings / lighthouse art.

Fire Island Light – NY

Watercolor… Fire Island is a very long and skinny barrier island located south of Long Island, New York, known as the Fire Island National Seashore. An 85 foot-tall octagonal, stone tower was erected in 1826 to mark the entrances to Fire Island Inlet and the lower bay of New York. Eventually deemed as insufficient in… Read more »

Fort Point Light – NS

Watercolor… the tapered square, 30-foot tall tower with its unique, cantilevered light room, displaying 3 oil fueled lamps is the original portion of the 1855 construction of the Fort Point Lighthouse on Liverpool Bay, Nova Scotia. Attached additions for larger keeper’s quarters and storage were added in 1878. The light was electrified, automated and upgraded… Read more »

Fox Point Light – NL

Watercolor… dawn… July, 2012… Newfoundland. When I can… I like to visit lighthouses during a sunrise or sunset… the lighting is usually spectacular. This is Fox Point, also known as Fishing Point, located slightly beyond the village of St. Anthony at the tip of the upper peninsula of Newfoundland. Later… we went for the classic… Read more »

Gay Head Light – MA

Watercolor… the first lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard, Aquinnah, Massachusetts… was a wood, octagonal tower with an oil fired lamp… 47 feet tall, with an attached keeper’s house, constructed and first lit in 1799. Though the lens was updated several times… the structure was rotting away and was replaced by a 51-foot, brick, cylindrical tower with… Read more »

Gilbert’s Cove Light – NS

Watercolor… this compact, two story, lighthouse at Gilbert’s Cove, Nova Scotia, on St. Mary’s Bay was built in 1904. Basically a square foot-print with a kitchen wing, it sits a little over 36-feet high at the midpoint of a centered lantern room. It’s seventh order, dioptric illumination was extinguished in 1975 and replaced by an… Read more »

Grosse Point Light – IL

Watercolor… the Grosse Point Light Station, in Evanston, Illinois… was designed by Orlando Metcalf Poe in 1872, and activated with a Second order Fresnel lens in 1874. The 113-foot tall tower and adjacent keeper’s home sit on the east coast of Illinois on Lake Michigan, locating an area of hazardous shoals a few miles north… Read more »

Harbour Town Light – SC

Watercolor… the Harbour Town Light is a 90-foot tall, stucco over steel, hexagonal tower, privately funded and built in 1969 as a lighted landmark for the Harbour Town Marina and the Harbour Town Yacht Club. The first lighthouse on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was erected in 1863, with an integral keeper’s home, on land… Read more »

Hereford Inlet Light – NJ

Watercolor… The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is located in North Wildwood, New Jersey. The Hereford Lighthouse was designed by West Coast architect, Paul J. Pelz and constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1874. The lighthouse suffered severe hurricane damage in 1913 and was subsequently moved 150 feet to the west in 1914. In… Read more »

Highland Light – MA

Watercolor… located on the Highlands of Truro… out on the land hook of Massachusetts… jutting out into the North Atlantic Ocean. Highland Light is the tallest and oldest lighthouse on Cape Cod and has remained in operation since 1797. The original wooden tower was built 500 feet from the cliff edge and replaced by a… Read more »

Hillsboro Inlet Light – FL

Watercolor… Florida’s Hillsboro Inlet is named after the Earl of Hillsborough, formerly England’s Secretary of State to the Colonies in the Americas… from 1768 to 1772. This 137-foot-tall skeleton tower, with a 2nd order Fresnel lens, was erected north of the inlet and first lit in 1907. The tower came perilously close to destruction during… Read more »

Hilton Head Rear Range – SC

Watercolor… South Carolina’s Hilton Head Rear Range Light, is a hexagonal, skeleton structure erected over five, joined iron tubes and dates to 1880. It stands at 92-feet tall with a spiral staircase inside the cylindrical column. The lantern room is made of wood and originally contained a fixed red light. The Hilton Head Front Light,… Read more »

Hudson Athens Light – NY

Watercolor… the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse sits in the middle of the Hudson River between the towns of Hudson, to its east, and Athens on the west, in New York State… marking the approach to the Middle Ground Flats that divide the river further upstream. The light is built of red brick with granite trim, on top… Read more »

Jeffery’s Hook Light – NY

Watercolor… this lighthouse on Jeffrey’s Hook originally stood at Sandy Hook, New Jersey and is very similar in design to the steel, East Chop light in Massachusetts. The Sandy light was relocated to New York at Jeffrey’s in 1921, to mark a treacherous navigational hazard of land that hooked out into the water from the… Read more »

Jupiter Inlet Light – FL

Watercolor… Florida’s Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse sits at the confluence of the Loxahatchee and Indian Rivers on land taken from the Seminole Nation in 1838. This is another George Meade design, although it was modified during construction by District Engineer, William Raynold. A two-story keeper & assistant’s house was built in 1859 and the 108 foot,… Read more »

Key West Light – FL

Watercolor… the first Key West Lighthouse was built at Whitehead’s Point, at the most southern of the Florida Keys in 1826. It was a 65-foot, tapered brick, cylindrical tower, originally illuminated by 15 whale oil lamps. A hurricane took it down in 1846. The second light was a 30-foot tall tripod with a beacon, which… Read more »

Kilauea Pont Light – HI

Watercolor… the Kilauea Point Lighthouse in Hawaii, is really out there… built in 1913 and sited on the north shore of Kauai Island on the edge of a dormant volcano. The Kilauea Light was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and the roughly 200 acre, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was… Read more »

La Martre Light – QC

Watercolor… the 132 Highway hangs on and runs along the coast of the Gaspe Peninsula, Canada, and that road takes a lot of abuse from some very harsh weather. The Province of Quebec spends a lot of time and energy to maintain that road. Sitting high above that road on one of the corners between… Read more »

Louisbourg Point Light – NS

Watercolor… the Louisbourg Point Lighthouse on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, is the third light at this site. The original… a stone tower built in 1734 and the first lighthouse in both Canada and North America… was destroyed in 1758, during the last siege of the Louisbourg Fortress, located across the cove. The ruins of… Read more »

Mariner’s Memorial NY

Watercolor… description from the United States Merchant Marine Academy website… “The Mariner’s Memorial Chapel and light is a National Memorial honoring men of the Merchant Marine who gave their lives at sea during World Wars I and II in the defense of their country.” There is a light in the belfry. This chapel is registered… Read more »

Marblehead Light – MA

Watercolor…  the Marblehead light is located at the northern end of Marblehead Neck, in Chandler Hovey Park, Massachusetts. This is a 130 foot tall, cast iron, skeleton structure and still an active Coast Guard light, built in 1896. The original Marblehead lighthouse was a 23 foot tall, white masonry structure with an attached keeper’s house,… Read more »