Piece description from the artist
There is a ferry that crosses over Lake Michigan between Muskegon and Milwaukee during the summer months from May to October. On the observation deck, the wind was so powerful that small children could lean into the force of it at 45 degree angle and not fall over.
I was simply awestruck at the power and scale of this body of water. Moreover, I have never seen a clearer blue. Almost electric.
It is very rare that you are able to see and experience water at a vantage point that allows you to express depth of field. On top of this, it is very difficult to create depth of field in any sort of tangible fashion without utilizing some variable of a warm to cool palette. The problem that this creates is that any colors on the warmer side of the palette will inevitably push the palette towards greens in the foreground which I did not want to happen.
To counter this, I used purples in the foreground to act as the warmer side of the palette and still maintain that electric quality. Unnatural colors to create a natural visual experience. The title is because I like Gordon Lightfoot.
Ben Ferry is a former high school and college all-American soccer player who grew up in Washington, D.C.. After being drafted by "D.C. United":http://www.dcunited.com/, he played professionally for three years before a major spinal injury forced him to retire.
In his work, Ben focuses on the human figure, landscapes, cityscapes, and animals in a variety of media and styles. His paintings are vibrant, playful and unconventional, often featuring bright, saturated color and imaginative subject matter. Ben received both his B.A. and M.F.A. in painting and drawing from George Washington University and still lives in D.C., where he teaches painting and drawing at Georgetown University and George Mason University.