The large wall of dunes stretches for over 13 miles on the southeastern side of Monterey Bay. They are the highest found on the Central Coast, and provide a habitat for birds and animals rarely seen elsewhere, like a living fabric interwoven with a diversity of strands of life. This strip of land is steadily changing from wind and wave forces but provides a barrier for the inland areas.
Right in the middle, the dunes divide to Marina State Beach with an easily accessible sandy beach and steady winds that make it a popular place for kite flying and para gliding. Year ’round you’re likely to see dolphins playing in the waves, plus sail and fishing boats from Monterey and Moss Landing. Sunsets at Marina State Beach are a daily community event, bringing out locals and visitors alike.
Although we now live close to the dunes, the study for this painting was a photo I took some years back during one of my participations in the Carmel Art Festival.
A couple years ago I did a small painting of this, but wanted to do a larger one. Enjoy this new painting from the Neff Studio.
Next up, look for a short drone video…