Watercolor painting of sea lions on a submerged dock by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Harbor Hunks

Medium: Watercolor/gouache, Image Size: 16.75″w x 18.75″h, 2012.

I saw these massive, magnificent Sea Lions clustered along the docks at Newport, Oregon. They were so heavy and numerous they actually sank the docks a bit. It made for a unique painting with interesting shapes, textures, colors, and reflections. This watercolor was juried into the Coos Art Museum’s 19th Annual Maritime Exhibit, 2012; the Oregon Waterways Exhibit, 2012, Giustina Gallery, Corvallis, Oregon; and the Art of the Animal Kingdom, 2013, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT.

December storms in 2022 tore the docks from their pilings. Thought the docks were recovered, it will take time and be costly to reinstall them. The Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation is raising money to replace the dock and are seeking donations. Their website to donate is: www.newportsealions.com/donate.


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This painting is FRAMED, with double matted, and under glass. Frame outside measurements is approximately 28″h x 27 1/2″w x 1″d.  Top matt white, second matt iris, glass is non-glare.

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