Rock Island is considered within the jurisdiction of Clayton NY although it sits approximately five miles downriver. It’s the second major lighthouse on the St. Lawrence Seaway if the Tibbetts Point Light in Cape Vincent on the mouth of Lake Ontario and the seaway is considered the first. Situated across from Wellesley Island Park and roughly two miles from the American Span of the Thousand Islands bridge, the island is now under the care of the NYS Parks Commission. Accessible by boat only, the island offers a 360 degree view of the river and the surrounding islands. Take a picnic lunch and rest under the shade of a tree all the while taking in the scenery. Daily tours travel from Clayton to the island where visitors tour the Keepers House and possibly a guided tour up the lighthouse. That’s an amazing view, as I have experienced it myself. I have painted plein air with my friend Bruce Sherman. We had quite the day. Always remember to take your camera for photos of the freighters that may pass by.
This painting, done in watercolor, has been mounted on a panel, sealed, and varnished with a UV protectant. This eliminates the need for matting and glass.