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“Steam Shrimp,” 2016, oil, 16 x 20 in., Studio, Collection of the artist. “The evening light lit up the steam from the paper mill next to the shrimp boat docks at Fernandina, Florida,” McBride says.

“What Remains” is a new PleinAir Magazine story about Kirk McBride’s paintings (kirkmcbride.com) of the disappearing fishing industry on the East Coast: old boats, crusty harbors, and the watermen still working the waters.

“In my lifetime,” says McBride, “there have been major changes in the fishing industry along the East Coast. Diminished fish populations and government regulations have made it hard to earn a living, driving the waterman to become an endangered species. Many of the rustic buildings, working docks, and classic wooden fishing boats are gone, replaced by waterfront condos, modern marinas, and shiny new recreational vessels.”

The following are two more of McBride’s paintings that keep alive the disappearing fishing industry.

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“Shrimp Shack,” 2015, oil, 8 x 16 in., Plein air, Private collection. “You can still buy fresh seafood from this old shack,” McBride says, “where several shrimp boats tie up at the dock in Rockville, South Carolina.”
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“Last Day of the Season,” 2015, oil, 12 x 12 in., Plein air, Collection of the artist. “I painted this scallop boat at the dock in Chincoteague, Virginia, on the evening of the last day of scallop season,” McBride says. “The crew was heading home to Cape Cod the next morning.”

Read the full feature article on Kirk McBride’s art in PleinAir Magazine June/July 2018.


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