Brooklyn-based artist Phoebe Sonder creates captivating seascape paintings that present the “power and vulnerability of the water’s movement.” Ranging in both scale and stylistic approach, her striking series of ocean art showcases the beauty and buoyancy of splashing waves.
In each energetic piece, Sonder skillfully captures the moment that splashing waves break. Even as the translucent waves crash against the coastline or slosh against each other, the paintings manage to convey a sense of calm amid the chaos. This striking duality is due to Sonder’s ability to visualize the undulating rhythm of the tide, which she compares to the “inhale and exhale of breath.”
While a number of her paintings are impressively lifelike, the artist notes that her “aesthetic language of drawing and line is to experience water’s essence, not to represent or reproduce.” This painterly perspective is particularly evident in her smaller studies, which capture the fleeting nature of the waves with loose brushwork inspired by Impressionism.
Whether rendered in minute detail or painterly strokes, however, each of Sonder’s paintings seeks to celebrate the sea, the artist’s main muse and “the truest monument to the depth of time in its delicate absolute.”
Specializing in seascape painting, artist Phoebe Sonder captures the movement of splashing waves.
Many of her wave paintings are impressively realistic.
Others are beautifully Impressionistic.