Jack Sabon produces traditional landscapes, but his forte in the genre is his work with clouds and the ocean.
Sabon has a penchant for focusing on the clouds alone when working on a skyscape. The clouds become their own landscape, with peaks and valleys, mountains and forests. When extracted from a broader landscape, the clouds take on an ethereal importance of their own and we see what we seldom look up to notice. He has abstracted the essence of clouds and, while his work reflects the subdued palette of the East, he infuses his skyscapes with subtle blends of colors.
The seascapes, by contrast, are anything but subtle. Without land, or sometimes even sky, to orient the viewer, the waves slosh vigorously; sometimes violently. The hydraulics of water are aptly displayed; to the degree that surfers are able to recognize where Sabon painted by the way the waves break. The blues and turquoises of his water are infused with many colors as the rainbow in the spray is reflected in the water below. Coming from the desert Southwest to Maine, he spent weeks just watching the ocean and producing color studies of the water. The movement of the waves was the next study, and finally an entire picture took shape.