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Charles Wysocki - WEST QUODDY HEAD LIGHT -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Charles Wysocki

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Limited Edition of: 2500
Image Size: 18"w x 15"h.
Published: July 1991

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At dusk on a cold winter day, West Quoddy Head Light, southeast of Lubec, Maine, stands as the sailor's beacon. It was built in 1808 by the order of President Thomas Jefferson. Lighthouses along this rugged coastline warn of thick fog, twenty-eight foot tides, rocks and shoals. But Quoddy Light's greatest distinction is geographical. It stands on the easternmost point in the United States. Across the Lubec Channel lies Campobello, the Canadian Island which was Franklin D. Roosevelt's summer home.

On summer weekends, tourists flock to West Quoddy Heard but the light's biggest audience is composed of fishermen sailing home and the crews of coastal cargo ships, yachts and passing deep sea vessels. It is for them that this gaudy sentry flashes its friendly characteristic signal: two seconds on, two off, two on and nine off. It is a reassuring signpost for anxious navigators on a tractless sea.

Charles Wysocki
Some things about Charles Wysocki’s life can be anticipated. For instance, he collects Early American toys, tobacco tins, folk art, clocks, crockery and books. High on the list of favorite places are Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard . . . and all of New England. Other things are a surprise: while he paints typically New England scenes, he lives in California. Yet one only has to look at his work to understand the person. Born in Detroit in 1928, Wysocki enjoyed an active and happy boyhood, which seems reflected in the spirit of his work. Since early childhood, he had no other desire than to be an artist. After two years in the Army, Wysocki headed west to the Art Center School in Los Angeles, the city where he met his wife Liz, to whom he attributes much of his inspiration because she grew up on a farm. The aspects of her life that affected him were the basics: hard work, personal closeness and contentment with life’s "little things." Wysocki adds, "I hope my paintings revive pleasant thoughts of a bygone era and express a semblance of order and serenity that fills a need in this fast- changing world. I like to add a touch of humor into my work. I see life on the lighter side, in much simpler and more basic forms." Wysocki’s award-winning art is sought-after internationally and has been published in two books, American Celebration and Heartland.


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