Galveston Beach Waves
By Renee Nolte-Hodnett
I grew up in Galveston, TX. I loved every moment of my youth on the Island. Each time I return home for a visit I get to reminisce about those days on the beach.
Those beach days...memories that started when I was just a toddler. My dad was on a surf team and my mother created beaded surfer necklaces. I was a beach bum child and absorbed every splendid moment. Our Volkswagen van and clothes always had that coconut oil, and surfer wax smell; our family was golden and bronze in a tan. )ur clothing was beach attire 24/7 as we cheered our dad on while wearing those necklaces.
I recall my dad putting me on a board teaching me how to surf. It was thrilling feeling the waves under me while learning how to balance with the swells as the motion rocked me,. I really didn’t know any other part of the island even existed until I was a little older. I was in my own heaven and didn’t even know it, my moments were just always bliss for me.
I knew of Galveston’s beauty. The views, sounds and smells truly could only be appreciated most by an islander. Galveston has its unique blend of colors and I’m prejudice to it. I’ve seen numerous beaches across the globe and yes, all breathtaking, no doubt about it. But the joy I felt in my heart ,always reflected in my smile, came from my first beach love right in Galveston, Texas.
The gulf separated by the jetties, he spray of the salt water, the rush of the gulf waves, the warm sand between my toes, the beautiful sky filled with seagulls, the sounds of the birds and wind was and will always be home to me.
It was only natural for me to share this love with my husband. After we were married we began traveling together. He hadn’t been to Galveston or at least he doesn’t remember ever going. He spent his childhood in Provo, Utah. So, I took him to my first home and automatically he fell in love. We were again united in love, isn’t that awesome?! To be able to enjoy a thing together is so wonderful in itself and to add the desire to capture beautiful scenes and paint them to make them our own and to share our love with the world is a grand work all together!
”I am mesmerized by water movement whether the clouds in the sky or ocean waves. When we were in galveston painting I really wanted to capture the energy I could sense as the water moved relentlessly to the shoreline. The peaceful passing pelicans to me were a great echo of the water. Peaceful and full of life”. -Michael Hodnett