Artist’s Textured Oil Paintings Perfectly Capture a Relaxing Day at the Beach

En Plein Air Beach Paintings by Sally West

From having the sun on your face to feeling the sand beneath your feet, there’s nothing quite like a day on the beach. Australian artist Sally West captures those summer moments in her series of textured beach paintings that depict the seascapes of her home country. From Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach to New South Wales’ lesser-known Elizabeth (aka Lizzie) Beach, West has traveled far and wide to paint her scenes en plein air.

Lizzie Beach, in particular, has a special place in West’s heart, as it’s an area where she and her family spend a lot of time. “It has a club house which I used to do yoga at, the kids did nippers there for a couple of years,” she reveals. “It never really gets big waves and is famous in the area for its crystal clear waters, safe swimming for young kids, and white sands. Truly beautiful.” West’s Lizzie Beach series captures the coast’s peaceful atmosphere in the artist’s distinct, impasto style. Canvases are loaded with thick swatches of oil paint in pastel hues, resulting in bold, textured surfaces that entice the viewer.

Many of West’s works are painted from an aerial perspective, as if the artist is perched high on a beach cliff, looking down at the shore. Waves are rendered in sweeping blends of blue and thick daubs of white, while surfers and sun-bathers are depicted as tiny smudges of color.

Check out some of West’s fantastic beach paintings below and find more from her growing portfolio on her website. Inspired to paint your own surrounding landscapes? Here’s our guide to painting en plein air.

Artist Sally West creates textured oil paintings inspired by the beaches of Australia.

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She brings her oil paints and canvases to each location to paint en plein air.

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Waves are rendered in sweeping blends of blue and thick daubs of white…

En Plein Air Beach Paintings by Sally West

…while surfers and sun-bathers are depicted as tiny smudges of color.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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