Brenda Helt, Fine Artist

This painting is sold.  A similar painting is easy to commission, however.  Please contact the artist for details and to specify preferences.  All major credit cards are accepted. 

Close-ups:

The title is painted on the inch and a half wide bottom edge of the canvas frame, where it can be viewed from below, but doesn't interfere with the picture itself. 


Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas with a built-in mounting bracket.

Copyright 2016. Brenda Helt, Fine Artist. All rights reserved.

"Crystal Pier Cottages"

  48” x 17.5” x 1.5”


Built in the 1920s on Pacific Beach, San Diego, Crystal Pier has since the mid-thirties sported cottages built right on the pier.  Stay in a cottage and there's nothing between you and the ocean but the boards of the pier itself, and those are not always so close together!  This painting is inspired by and a tribute to Crystal Pier Villas, as they were called in the fifties.  The blues and greens are evocative of the cottages original sun-bleached and sea-sprayed colors, and the orange and persimmon long rectangulars are reminiscent of the pylons of the pier. 


Stylistically, the painting is inspired by mid-century abstract expressionists such as Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Piet Mondrian, and Barnett Newman. 

This painting plays well with “Gurney’s Inn” and “The Sea Sprite Motel,” both of which share its style and color palette, as well as its 4-foot height.