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.

Pemaquid Light – ME

Watercolor… Maine. The original light on Pemaquid Point was built in 1827, but was so poorly constructed and deteriorated so quickly, that it had to be replaced in less than 10 years… and in 1835 a new tower was constructed of a much higher quality concrete. The light keeper’s house was built in 1857. The… Read more »

Pensacola Light – FL

Watercolor… Following visits by Ponce de Leon, Panfilo de Narvaez and Hernando de Soto, Spain established a settlement in 1559 at Pensacola, in the Florida Panhandle shoreline of what is now known as the Gulf of Mexico. But it wasn’t until the United States bought Florida from Spain, between 1819-1821, that in 1824, a lighthouse… Read more »

Piedras Blancas Light – CA

Watercolor… on Piedras Blancas Point near San Simeon, California. This ornate, 100-foot-tall, tapered cylindrical, Piedras Blancas Lighthouse was lit with a first-order Fresnel lens, in 1875. It was one of only three… tall, “East Coast” style, light towers built along the entire Pacific Coast. The following year, in 1876, a 12 room Victorian keeper’s house… Read more »

Point Amour Light – NL

Watercolor… Red Bay, Labrador. Following several years of extensive site preparation and construction, the 109 foot tall, limestone Point Amour light tower, attached wooden keeper’s house and attendant service buildings, were completed in 1857. The Amour Light sits on the Labrador side of the narrow Strait of Belle-Isle, which connects the Gulf of St. Lawrence… Read more »

Point Comfort Light – VA

Watercolor… this 54-foot tall, octagonal, Point Comfort Light Tower was put into service in 1804, at Old Point Comfort, Hampton Roads, the outermost tip of a small peninsula on the coast of Virginia… the landing site for the first Africans brought to North America as slaves in 1619. The light was constructed to replace a… Read more »

Point Escuminac Light – NB

Watercolor… the Point Escuminac Lighthouse resides at the end of a long, rutted, dirt trail on the northeast tip of New Brunswick, marking the New Brunswick side of the entrance to both Miramichi Bay and the Northumberland Strait. After a protracted funding, or lack of funding, debacle… the first light on site, a wooden octagonal… Read more »

Point Judith Light – RI

Watercolor… the first, official Point Judith light on the Narragansett Bay of Rhode Island, was a wood tower erected 1810. That tower was destroyed by a storm in 1815. The second, a stone tower built in 1816 lasted until it slowly deteriorated and a third was necessary… which is the current 65-foot tall, tapered, octagonal,… Read more »

Point Lookout Light – MD

Watercolor… the original Point Lookout Lighthouse in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, was built on the Chesapeake Bay, at the entrance to the Potomac River in 1830. In 1862, during the Civil War, the site was expanded and a hospital building was built to care for wounded Union soldiers. In 1863, a second story was added… Read more »

Pointe à la Renommée - QC

Watercolor… the lighthouse at Pointe à la Renommée, is located at the bottom of a winding dirt road, on a ledge, midway between the broad waters, where the mouth of the St. Lawrence River opens into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, far below… and the top of a small mountain… on the rugged northern coast… Read more »

Pointe-au-Père Light – QC

Watercolor… this is an interesting light tower located in Rimouski, on the Gaspe Peninsula, of Quebec. It was designed by Henri de Miffonis in 1909 and in my mind… resembles, in appearance, a stylized, early science fiction, rocket ship, standing ready for liftoff. It is a 108 foot tall, concrete cylinder, braced by eight flying… Read more »

Ponce Inlet Light – FL

Watercolor… 10 miles south of Daytona Beach, Florida, on the north bank of Mosquito (Ponce) Inlet, where the Halifax and Indian Rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean, is the 175-foot tall, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Tower. It is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and second only to the Cape Hatteras tower as the tallest… Read more »

Port Bickerton Light – NS

Watercolor… the original Port Bickerton lighthouse was built in 1901 and burned to the ground in the late 1920’s. This second Port Bickerton Lighthouse, located on Barachois Head, Nova Scotia, was built in 1930. In 1947 it too was nearly destroyed, as a fire starting in Fishermen’s Harbour, burned it’s way toward the lighthouse. The… Read more »

Port Boca Grande – FL

Watercolor… the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse is the original Gasparilla Island Light Station, which includes the keeper’s house and an assistant keeper’s house… both built over pilings sunk into the flat beach. They are the oldest structures on Gasparilla Island. The complex, built in 1880, is located off the Florida coast of the Gulf of… Read more »

Port Boca Grande Rear – FL

Watercolor… Florida’s Boca Grande Entrance Rear Range Lighthouse, or Gasparilla Island Light, is a 58 foot tall, steel skeleton tower erected on this site in 1927. The structure was originally built in 1881 by the Phoenix Iron Company, of Trenton, New Jersey, as the Delaware Breakwater Rear Range Light in Lewes, Delaware. As the Delaware… Read more »

Port Borden Light – PEI

Watercolor… Prince Edward Island. The distance between Cape Traverse and Cape Torementine is the shortest distance across the Northumberland Strait, at roughly 8-1/2 miles between the closest harbours… being Port Borden on Prince Edward Island and Cape Torementine inlet on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada. Range light pairs, kept in visual alignment, indicating the… Read more »

Portage Island Light – NB

Watercolor… this 1869 New Brunswick lighthouse was originally built as the rear range light on Portage Island on Miramichi Bay. After the two Portage (front and rear) range lights were replaced by a pair of steel skeleton towers, these old lights sat dormant and deteriorating for many years. In 1986, this rear lighthouse (Old Portage… Read more »

Portland Head Light – ME

Watercolor… Edward Hopper spent a lot of time in Maine and painted the Portland Head Lighthouse, on Casco Bay, Cape Elizabeth, in 1927… several times. He made such a fine piece of art, I decided I had to see this place for myself… and so… I visited early one bright sunny morning in July of… Read more »

Presque Isle Light – PA

Watercolor… there are three lighthouses in Pennsylvania, located in the opposite and farthest corners of the state. Presque Isle Light was built in 1872 at the end of a 6 mile peninsula into Lake Erie and illuminated in 1873… which pretty much doomed it’s neighbor… Pennsylvania’s other and older Erie Land Lighthouse, located across the… Read more »

Prim Point Light – NS

Watercolor… this is the fourth illuminated structure marking the entrance of Digby Gut to the Annapolis Basin, along the Nova Scotia coastline on the Bay of Fundy. This appears in the ubiquitous, utilitarian cubist re-interpretation… in contrast to the third Prim Point Lighthouse, of 1874… which was a tapered wooden tower with a small attached,… Read more »

Rondout Light – NY

Watercolor… The first Rondout light, of wood construction, was established at the entrance to Rondout Creek in 1837. The second, made of bluestone, was built in 1867, but abandoned in 1916 and demolished in 1950. And the third and current Rondout Lighthouse, made of brick, was built in 1916, automated in 1954 and then vacated…. Read more »