How to paint realistic waves in Photoshop

When painting ocean scenes in Photoshop CC, as with most of my painting projects, I start by gathering some marine photo references, to ensure that I've got a good grasp of the subject matter. I also find it useful to look at the work of great seascape painters from history, whatever art techniques they use, and whichever artistic movement they belonged to. 

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Sara Forlenza creates art for book covers, cards and RPGs. After many years using traditional media, she was introduced to the world of digital art.