North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound stretches 80 miles from Manteo and the Dare County mainland south to Portsmouth Island and Cape Lookout National Seashore. On good days, it’s a water wonderland, with fishing, boating, sailing and an abundance of wildlife.
“I’ve always enjoyed the gorgeous view of Oriental Harbor,” says Alice Underhill, a 69-year-old former North Carolina state lawmaker who owns a waterfront townhome in the center of the village of Oriental, N.C. “It’s so relaxing to sit on our porch and just watch the water and the boats.”
Oil painting by West Fraser
West Fraser was making one of his regular trips to Maine to paint when he came upon a waterfront scene in the Boothbay region that caused him to stop and set up his easel. Painting on the spot, or en plein air, the 60-year-old South Carolina artist created Cozy Cove, an 18-by-24-inch oil and a good example of the “richly painted, atmospheric vistas” that have made him well-known over a 30-year career.
S.S. Sweeney, Jack Sweeney’s boat-shaped home, rose from the ashes of his fire-destroyed cottage on Hitchcock Lake in Connecticut.
Blue sky, an easy current and a light morning breeze to belly the sail on the catboat. A snug harbor is left behind as a distant horizon beckons. It’s a fine day to be at the tiller in Harley Bartlett’s Heading Up.
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