Seashore Art with South County Vibes

Local artist Stephen Coyle shares his take on the new Rhody summer in his latest series of paintings


Picture this: You’re laying down on your beach towel, kids are running to the salty water with pebbles and sand meeting the bottoms of their feet, and the smell of fried food hits your nose from a distance. This kind of Rhody summer might seem out of reach, but local artist Stephen Coyle brings it to life with his paintbrush. 

“My intention is not to simply create a painting, but to replicate life itself – on a scale both small and large,” says Coyle. In times where we feel trapped within four walls or the CDC restrictions, Coyle uses his art to reminisce on “the old normal”. “By creating compositions within compositions,” he says, “the eye is led from the sweeping panoramas to the intimate conversations heard along the shoreline.”

Coyle’s pieces vary from pre-social distancing beach portraits to singular objects centered within mysterious backgrounds. These specific paintings coexist under the aptly titled Isolation series. Coyle adds, “I want you to not only feel the present moment, but the moment before and the moment after.”

To learn more about Stephen Coyle and his work, visit or check out his Instagram @stephencoyleart.


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