The ferry paintings were a natural for Val Lewton, who, from youth, loved the sea and seaside, and all things nautical. He liked the mechanical underpinnings of boats, the way they functioned, and the beauty of the shapes. Vacationing along the coast, Lewton photographed, and later studied and recomposed these photographic images into paintings. He found beauty in these surroundings, but also documented the ordinary life found in trailer parks and in beach communities, in boatyards and in fishing villages.

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