Outermost Inspirations



Paul Batch

Rest Your Spirit in Solitary Places | oil | 18 x 24 | $3,900
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"Touch the earth, love the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places. For the gifts of life are the earth's and they are given to all…” — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
"I was drawn to Beston’s words about solitary places and the spirit. With all that we have created to distract us, I find nature has an amazing ability to allow us to be both alone and connected simultaneously. This piece was created from my personal experience of a solitary place nearby, my connection with the earth. This is what I share with the viewer.” — Paul Batch

Maryalice Eizenberg

Salt Pond Sanctuary | oil | 11 x 15, framed 12.75 x 15.75 | $850
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"Touch the earth, love the earth, honor the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places.” — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
“As a child, I spent hours in the forests, around the lakes and by the sea with my parents who taught me the value of looking and listening in a quiet place. This silent appreciation crept into my soul and is a large part of who I am. When I read Beston’s nature passages, I recall the gift they gave me.”
 — Maryalice Eizenberg
Outer Beach Twilight | oil | 24 x 30, framed 25.5 x 31.5 | $1,500
Inspiration from The Outermost House

“Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.”  — Henry Beston 

From the artist

"Visiting nature after dark adds a dimension to the experience. The setting sun brings a quiet to places that we have already thought silent.” — Maryalice Eizenberg

 

Catherine Hess

Path to the Bay | oil on cradled wood panel | 11 x 11 | $400
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"The grass grows thickest on the slopes and shoulders of the mounds...." — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
"Dunes with their grasses that reflect light and harbor deep shadows are one of my favorite things to paint. I have done a number on the outer Cape, and have many more to do before I could ever, if ever, grow tired of them." — Catherine Hess
View from High Head | oil on linen panel | 15.25 x 25.5 | $500
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"...and as the year lengthened into autumn, the beauty and mystery of this earth and outer sea so possessed and held me that I could not go." — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
"I painted this scene in late October, shortly before leaving the Cape for the winter; I hated to go." — Catherine Hess

Marc Kundmann

Gift of the Tide | encaustic and charcoal on birch | 24 x 30 | $2,950
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"Do no dishonor to the earth lest you dishonor the spirit of man.... Touch the earth, love the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places. For the gifts of life are the earth’s and they are given to all, and they are the songs of birds at daybreak, Orion and the Bear, and the dawn seen over the ocean from the beach.” — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
"I walk Longnook Beach with my partner and dog every day. Sun, rain, snow, wind. Each day is a surprise. The beach, sky, and water ever changing. Natural wonders I try not to take for granted.”
— Marc Kundmann

Sharon McGauley

Outer Beach | oil on canvas | 36 x 24, framed 38 x 26 | $4,900
Inspiration from The Outermost House
“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.” — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
“I first read The Outermost House when I was a new visitor to Cape Cod and didn’t yet have my own relationship with the place. The book had a big influence on me, as books do when they articulate something you can sense but haven’t yet been able to put into words. Since that time I have had a deeper relationship with the place, but not, of course, with the intensity that Beston experienced. The allure of the Cape is that the natural wilderness that Beston writes about still feels accessible to those of us who, by comparison, are mere dabblers in wilderness immersion. In a place that is so popular, I still find it possible to intensely feel the sense of being lost in the landscape. Of being a tiny human in a vast and wild place. For that I am grateful to feel, and my paintings exist to express.” — Sharon McGauley
Blues | oil on board 18 x 24, framed 20 x 26 | $3,600
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"Our fantastic civilization has fallen out of touch with many aspects of nature, and with none more completely than with night….With lights and ever more lights, we drive the holiness and beauty of night back to the forests and the sea.” — Henry Beston
 
 
From the artist
"The truth of this observation is simple and true. I always go to the sea to feel closer to nature, and going at night is even better. It gives me the feeling of being on a ship, of being alone in a big universe, in a way that is increasingly hard to find.”
— Sharon McGauley

Jonathan McPhillips

The Scenic Route | oil | 18 x 24, framed 24 x 30 | $3,250
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"Desolate and half desert as it is, this borderland of the Cape has an extraordinary beauty, and for me the double attraction of mystery and wide horizons” — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
"I am drawn to the mystery of these camouflaged roads at the National Seashore. Paved with sand and history, the twisting and meandering paths are one of the few indications of human presence in the dunes. It is as if the dunes barely tolerate their existence, and would make them unrecognizable if left unused for too long.” — Jonathan McPhillips

John Murphy

Signed and Saved | oil | 24 x 30, framed 31.5 x 37.5 | $2,800
Inspiration from The Outermost House

"Today, 90 years after the book was first published, Beston is widely acknowledged as the spiritual father of the park. When the outer beaches of Cape Cod were under consideration for National Park status in the 1950s, the Department of the Interior sent representatives to evaluate the area. Quotations from The Outermost House were cited in their reports.” — Don Wilding

From the artist

"The Cape Cod National Seashore has drawn millions of visitors since it was first established by a decree from President John F. Kennedy in 1961. One of the great influences on the park’s establishment was the Cape Cod nature classic, The Outermost House, by Henry Beston.


Susan Overstreet

Magic Moment High Head | oil on board | 12 x 16 | $800
Inspiration from The Outermost House
“A human life, so often likened to a spectacle upon a stage, is more justly a ritual. The ancient values of dignity, beauty and poetry which sustain it are of Nature’s inspiration; they are born of the mystery and beauty of the world.” — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
"The practice and honing of my craft is a ritual sustained by the inspiration of nature. Capturing the emotional response from viewing the ever-changing beauty before me is often a challenge, but always a joy. With each painting, I record my reverence for nature.” — Susan Overstreet
House Above Pamet | acrylic on canvas | 24 x 18 | $1,000
Inspiration from The Outermost House

“Whatever attitude to human existence you fashion for yourself, know that it is valid only if it be the shadow of an attitude to Nature.” — Henry Beston

 
From the artist
“There are many weather-beaten structures in remote corners of Cape Cod that inspire me. This simple house in Truro stands strong yet humble against weather and time, and seems a part of the natural environment, as though the forces of nature made it their own. Nature has given the house a particular beauty and it is as though the house is grateful.” — Susan Overstreet

Andrea Petitto

Oystermen's Evening Feast | oil | 24 x 24 | $2,700
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"I often cook myself a camp supper on the beach. Beyond the crackling, salt-yellow driftwood flame, over the pyramid of barrel staves, broken boards, and old sticks all atwist with climbing fire, the unseen ocean thunders and booms, the breaker sounding hollow as it falls.” — Henry Beston
 
From the artist
"When I attended this oyster roast one evening in January in Chatham, I was reminded of the many times my husband and I gathered with friends on the beach. We would stop at a local fish market and buy fish fresh from the sea, make a fire and grill them. There is a special camaraderie among people who are gathered around a fire at night. The warmth of the fire draws us in, while a semipermeable wall of darkness is created beyond the reach of its light, holding us in together. These thoughts formed the emotional basis for this painting. The contrast of light and dark, and of the warm fire light and the cool flashlight beam create a dramatic visual tension. The darkening sky behind a tangle of branches provides a cooler, more distant echo of the shapes of the chaotic flames." — Andrea Petitto

Cynthia Reid

Nuthatch | oil on panel | 8 x 8, framed 10 x 10 | $575
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"I did not expect to see the red-breasted nuthatch rise out of the September dunes..." — Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
"With their quiet calls, nuthatches will hitch themselves up and down trunks and branches to look for food - mainly insects and seeds." — Cynthia Reid
Plover | oil on panel | 8 x 8, framed 10 x 10 | $575
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"The piping plover's note is a whistled syllable, the loveliest musical note, I think, sounded by any North Atlantic bird." 
— Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
"Nesting and feeding along the beaches, the adult piping plover has a soft, whistled peep peep. Critical nesting habitats are now being protected to help the plover population during its breeding season." — Cynthia Reid
Gannet | oil on panel | 8 x 8, framed 10 x 10 | $575
Inspiration from The Outermost House
"Since April 5th a company of gannets have been fishing just off the Fo'castle." — Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
"In trying to capture the whimsical nature of the large gannet, I accentuated the adult's long blue bill that helps the gannet plunge into the sea in pursuit of fish - sometimes flying at speeds up to 62 MPH." — Cynthia Reid
Tern | oil on panel | 8 x 8, framed 10 x 10 | $575
Inspiration from The Outermost House
The common tern " is indeed a lovely bird" that "dominates both the beach and the summer day." — Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
"Feeding on mostly fish, the common tern will occasionally steal food from other terns." — Cynthia Reid

Amy Sanders

Clearing | pastel | 9 x 12, framed 13 x 16 | $1,175
Inspiration from The Outermost House
“…the undulations and levels of whose rim now stand a hundred, now a hundred and fifty feet above the tides, worn by the breakers and the rains, disintegrated by the wind, it still stands bold.”
— Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
“Winter storms often clear later in the day on the Outer Cape than they do on the mainland. This storm began to break around 4:00 pm, allowing a beam of late afternoon sunshine to cut through Brush Hollow and spill across the otherwise cold sand, with the shadowed face of what Truro folks call ‘High Dune’ standing tall beyond.” — Amy Sanders
Above the Tide Line | pastel | 9 x 12, framed 13 x 16 | $1,175
Inspiration from The Outermost House

“In summer this beach is rarely covered by the tides. Here lies a hot and pleasant odor of sand. I find myself an angle of shade slanting off from a mass of wreckage still embedded in a dune, take up a handful of the dry, bright sand, sift it slowly through my fingers, and note how the heat brings out the fine, sharp, stony smell of it.” — Henry Beston

 
From the artist
“An astronomical high tide combined with a hefty wind left behind a massive number of stones, well above the typical high water mark as it retreated. Later on the following hot summer day, a strong sun beat down on this pile, intermixed with some long vacated shells. The Beston quote speaks perfectly to the smell of the stones and sand on this particular day.” — Amy Sanders
Snow Squall, Wellfleet Harbor  | pastel | 11 x 14 | $1,175
Inspiration from The Outermost House

“There is a winter change of color, as well. The warm golden quality vanishes and is replaced by a tone of cold silver-grey.”

— Henry Beston

 
From the artist
“February 17, 2017, we woke to a spectacular sight. A series of squalls the night before had blanketed everything in a fine white snow, yet the sun was shining brightly, bringing out the sparkles in the countless icy snowflakes. I set out to explore and found this scene of a spectacular clearing squall at Wellfleet Harbor. Snow blanketed the distant dunes of Great Island and the shallow water had an incredible range of reflected colors over the harbor sand beneath, yet all was calm, with little to indicate what had passed except that thin ribbon of snow and those billowing squall clouds to the west.” — Amy Sanders
Fighting with the Wind | pastel | 10 x 14, framed 14 x 18 | $1,500
Inspiration from The Outermost House
“The long miles of beach are never more beautiful than when waves are rolling in fighting a strong breeze. Then do the breakers actually seem to change the coast. As they approach, the wind meets them in a shock of war, the chargers rear but go on, and the wind blows back their manes. North and south, I watch them coursing in, the manes of white, sun brilliant spray streaming behind them for thirty and even forty feet. Sea horses do men call such waves on every coast of the world.” — Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
“The sky shows the edges of a passing hurricane out at sea, and a heavy offshore wind whips up the wave’s spilled water and sends in backward in heaps of spray. The wave fights to go forward, but the wind fights to send it back to sea. Over and over again the dance repeats.” — Amy Sanders

Paul Schulenburg

Outermost Beach | oil on panel | 8 x 10 | $1,150
Inspiration from The Outermost House
“It is only when we are aware of the earth and of the earth as poetry that we truly live.” ― Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
"This is along the stretch of beach near where Henry Beston stayed in his 'Outermost House'. This year a group of pilings have emerged from the sand along with the remains of a water pipe. I can’t help but wonder if these are remnants of Beston’s house. This painting was from a day in early autumn, when the skies have a tendency to become dramatic. In the autumn you can walk the sand along the beach and not see another soul. You can experience some of the isolation and exquisite beauty that Beston experienced along that very shore." — Paul Schulenburg
Walking the Beach | oil on canvas | 30 x 42 | $6,100
Inspiration from The Outermost House
“The longer I stayed, the more eager I was to know this coast and to share its mysterious and elemental life; I found myself free to do so, I had no fear of being alone… presently I made my mind up to remain and try living for a year on Eastham beach.”
— Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
"The location in this painting is not far from what would have been the site of the 'Outermost House' that Henry Beston built in 1925. The sands have shifted much over the years and the beach is constantly changing. Nothing remains of Beston’s house, but the sand, waves and coastline remain much the way they were in his time. Beston would occasionally walk down to visit with the men at the Coast Guard station. That same station building is seen in this piece, as is a figure of a man who is making his way north along the beach.” — Paul Schulenburg
Returning to the Outer Beach | oil on canvas | 32 x 42 | $7,000
Inspiration from The Outermost House
 “Returning to the outer beach late in the afternoon, I found the ocean all a cold jade-green sown with whitecaps, the wind rising, and the great broken clouds flowing over from the east. And in the northern current was a new warmth.” — Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
"There is something special about being out on the beach alone when the weather is changing. To stand by the pounding waves as dramatic clouds silently roll by. The cloud cover will break occasionally to allow dramatic shafts of sunlight through. This painting depicts the late day sun, funneling through the break in the dunes that leads up to the Eastham Coast Guard station, and illuminating the breaking waves.” — Paul Schulenburg
Coat Guard Beach, Looking South | oil on panel | 15 x 18 | $1,000
Inspiration from The Outermost House
“At the ocean’s very edge the air is almost always cool-cold even-and delicately moist with surface spray and the endless dissolution of the innumerable bubbles of the foam slides; the wet sand slope beneath exhales a cool savoire of mingling beach and sea, and the innermost breakers push ahead of them puffs of this fragrant air.” — Henry Beston
 
 From the artist
"Coast Guard beach can be full of people, but a short walk along the shore will bring you to a location of quiet and solitude.”
— Paul Schulenburg

Catherine Skowron

Another Day | oil | 30 X 40, framed 31 x 41 | $4,500
Inspiration from The Outermost House
“At dawn the sun rising out of the ocean gilds it with a level silence of light which thins and rises and vanishes into day. Solitary and elemental, unsullied and remote, visited and possessed by the outer sea, these sands might be the end or the beginning of a world.” — Henry Beston
 
From the Artist
"Beston beautifully expresses my feelings as I walk the outer beach just as the sun rises. The universe is spread out before me, there is the adventure of new discoveries, and everything seems hopeful at the beginning of another day.” — Catherine Skowron