You can get out your map and look for Salty Witch Bay, but you wont find it. It existed only in the mind of Charles Wysocki. This particular painting was a supreme joy for me to create, he said, The size, the original measures 2 feet by 5 feet, was great fun to compose. This coastal community is typical of any that might be found in New England with a few of my personal ideas thrown in. It is all fantasy, including the name.
Fantastic indeed. Our Anniversary Edition is available in both a glorious Museum Edition Canvas at the size of the original (24" h x 60" w) and a traditional Fine Art Edition size of 36" x 14." Take in the pleasure of a warm summer day as shopkeepers shuttle their wares and cart men offer scrumptious delights along the shores and byways. Revel in the elegance and whimsy of seaside life in a horse-drawn era when the pace was slower and people took the time to chat and catch up on all the family and local news of Salty Witch Bay.
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Charles Wysocki Biography
1928 - 2002
Some things about Charles Wysocki’s life can be anticipated. For instance, he collects Early American toys, tobacco tins, folk art, clocks, crockery and books. High on the list of favorite places are Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard . . . and all of New England.
Other things are a surprise - while he paints typically New England scenes, before his passing he lived in California. Yet one only has to look at his work to understand the person. Born in Detroit in 1928, Wysocki enjoyed an active and happy boyhood, which seems reflected in the spirit of his work. Since early childhood, he had no other desire than to be an artist.
After two years in the Army, Wysocki headed west to the Art Center School in Los Angeles, the city where he met his wife Liz, to whom he attributes much of his inspiration because she grew up on a farm. The aspects of her life that affected him were the basics: hard work, personal closeness and contentment with life's "little things."
Wysocki adds, "I hope my paintings revive pleasant thoughts of a bygone era and express a semblance of order and serenity that fills a need in this fast-changing world. I like to add a touch of humor into my work. I see life on the lighter side, in much simpler and more basic forms."
Wysocki's award-winning art is sought-after internationally and has been published in two books, American Celebration and Heartland.