48” x 60” Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas 2015
In this painting, I explored the story of The Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace boat that was sunk by a foreign government in an undercover sabotage event.
The coral island is modeled after Tavarua, an exotic surfing destination, which happens to be naturally shaped like a heart.
The artwork includes pieces from Heifer charity magazine depicting a man from another part of the world whose livelihood is affected by the rising sea. I get a lot of charity and giving magazines and this is one way that I can feel like I am giving to the people I see everyday when I look at my stack of magazines.
These pictures, combined with layer upon layer of blue glazes, sink this man under the water, which is essentially happening to millions of people around the world due to our overconsumption of resources.
I believe we are all connected, and what we do today to care for our planet affects our children’s tomorrow and their well-being.
When I am traveling abroad garnering experience, I am aware of the awesome, powerful, force of nature which in a moment can consume me. So I desire to consume it. Nature has no desire to consume me, but it can. So I seek to consume land, sea, sublime vistas of endless atolls, islands, and reefs. This is an illness, you see—for I am part of nature, and how can I consume myself? How can I consume you?
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