With masterly paintings by Ray Ellis, representing more than two decades of work, and an authoritative text by Robert Ballard, an intrepid undersea explorer and scientist, this captivating book portrays the beauty, majesty, and diversity of America's Atlantic and Pacific coastlines.
Ray Ellis depicts the full sweep of the coasts in his highly praised, impressionistic style, from the Maine shoreline to the Florida Keys and from the Northwest's inland waters to Baja, California. This unsurpassed collection of oils and watercolors includes views of New England's rocky shores and sandy beaches, Chesapeake Bay oystermen caught in a squall, South Carolina's haunting Low Country, the rugged Oregon coast where Lewis and Clark first sighted the Pacific Ocean, the spirit of sailing across San Francisco Bay, and the expanse and loveliness of Big Sur. His paintings are as varied as the water's edge itself, encompassing landscapes and seascapes, as well as lighthouses, marine creatures, sailors, and beachcombers. In Walter Cronkite's words, Ellis "has the ability to see beauty in almost anything."
Robert Ballard's knowledgeable text, complementing Ray Ellis's paintings and captions, is a fascinating kaleidoscope of coastal history and natural history and provides an account of how the shoreline was formed and its condition today as well as stories of early settlers and present-day residents. The author is a foremost authority on the sea, having organized and conducted more than one hundred deep-sea expeditions, including those that located the Titanic and the Bismarck and more recently Roman ships in the Mediterranean. This is an ideal gift book for anyone who enjoys living, boating, or vacationing along the seacoasts.