“Curles Neck, Timeless Sunrise”

Archival Print of Pastel
Current Stock:
SKU-132-8" x 18"
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Other Sizes Available:
5 3/4" x 13"

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"Unique" Add: $45 -- Additional Art Work Added to Print (Sturgeon, Deer, Geese, Osprey, or Eagle)

“Curles Neck, Timeless Sunrise”



By Capt. Mike Ostrander

Available in Two Sizes as a Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Print

Also Available as "Unique" (see below)


Discover the James, Series I, Number Two of Four

Limited Edition Prints of Pastels and Photographs






Thousands of years of history, occupation and events have shaped what we see today along the banks of the James River.  One thing is for certain, and that is the timeless sun will rise again tomorrow, and if we are lucky, we’ll be out on the river to experience it.


The location within this pastel, Curles Neck, travels beyond simply being historical and has reached magical status in my heart … and it has felt that way for a long time. Being a river guide, I’ve spent countless mornings on the river in this exact spot, enjoying this scene unfold at sunrise. Watching the light levels changing, often experiencing rays of light beaming over the horizon, into the sky as the clouds collect a million shades of color only to fade, cracking the door for the sun to rise over the tree line, as it has done, day after day, since the river was formed. 


For me, it’s hard to beat the inspirational light show of early morning, and coupled with the history of the area, wow!


Discover the James, Series I, is composed of four images, all inspired by early morning light on the James. Two are soft pastels and two are photographs.


This is the second pastel, titled “Curles Neck, Timeless Sunrise.” The setting is about 17 miles downriver of Richmond in the far eastern end of Henrico County. Known for its outstanding hunting, Curles Neck has been a mecca for some of the best waterfowl hunting around for centuries.


The location of this image is within the territory of a pair of resident bald eagles names Baba & Pops.  I have followed them since 2007 and they have a long, interesting story of success, failure and perseverance.  


By pushing the limits of the moment within the image, and never truly knowing what might appear next when on the river, to some of the prints, I am adding original artwork using soft pastel directly on the print. I call this process creating a “Unique.”


A "Unique" is a limited edition print with additional original artwork added.  In this image, a skein of Canada geese, or resident eagle could be added.  An osprey hovering, searching for a shad in the shallows could be drawn or a buck swimming, or sturgeon leaping. This area on the James is the Atlantic sturgeon’s old spawning route before manmade channels were cut nearby in the 1930’s, Today, this part of the river is considered the ‘old river channel’, but still visited by these living dinosaurs. 


You can order “Curles Neck, Timeless Sunrise,” as is, or as a Unique, one-of-a-kind print. To find out more about this print, or place an order of, “Curles Neck, Timeless Sunrise,” please contact me directly.



Capt. Mike Ostrander

Discover the James

(804) 938-2350