Since childhood, I have explored the world sketching and painting above and below the sea. Swimming, surfing and diving in most of our planets oceans has nurtured my body and soul while bringing me face to fin with the undersea world. With an acrylic slate and pencil I sketch manta rays and coral cliffs while scuba diving, listening to the rhythmic sound of air coming through my regulator. I cherish this feeling of floating in the sea as the undulating waves from a thousand miles away, rise and fall before spilling onto some sandy beach or rocky shelf. In the studio I relive these experiences and try to paint what swaying with the currents or surfing down a wave feels like.
Over the past twenty years I have been fortunate enough to be the Artist-in-Residence at dozens of resorts across the globe. A favorite destination has been the Maldives where we dive and make art while surrounded by sea. This collection of paintings completed on islands smaller than a Home Depot parking lot and/or in my various studios, attempt to express the depth and richness of the colors and feelings elicited while submerged in this vast water world with it’s currents, corals and creatures. In the ocean I am in my element.