Ol' Baldy, as it is called, is an iconic lighthouse located on Bald Head Island, near my home. It's a ferry ride away. Bald Head Island is a somewhat remote island and no cars are allowed. Residents and visitors mostly use golf carts and bikes to get around. The Old Baldy Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still standing in North Carolina. The island is very beautiful and much of it is still natural. It's like living in another world and there is plenty of "inspiration" to be found for an artist. It is an acrylic painting (canvas board) finished with a satin varnish.
A native of Raleigh, NC, Joy Parks, began her art career as a small child when, as a fourth grader, she won her first blue ribbon in a county-wide art exhibition. Later, her high school art teacher encouraged her to become an art major in college. Joy took her teacher's advice and attended East Carolina University School of Art in Greenville, NC. In 2013 Joy married James Coats and moved to Carolina Beach. Even while she lived in Raleigh and Greenville, Joy loved painting art with a nautical theme. Moving to the coast has given her even more inspiration to paint nautical art. She also loves to travel, especially to places in the Caribbean where palm trees, sail boats, and other nautical themes abound. Joy loves palm trees swaying in the tropical breezes, sunrises and sunsets over the salt marshes, waves crashing on the shore. It is her hope that her paintings evoke a pleasant memory or give a feeling of peaceful and calm tranquility to the viewer.