One of my new favorite hobbies is snorkeling. There aren’t a whole lot of *great* places to go a short distance from my home, but a few hours drive and I’m in the prime underwater real estate for the most colorful and beautiful places I’ve ever beheld.
I was so inspired by my snorkel trip to the Keys that I decided to paint this. The Coral Beauty has been my favorite reef fish since I started doing saltwater fishkeeping at home. I did not see this particular fish on my snorkel trip, but I did see many other colorful fish, lobster, squid, and a myriad of other creatures from the underwater world. I was astounded at the colors that occur naturally underwater. From above ground, you would never know they were there. But stick your face beneath the surface a few inches, and all the mystery beneath the water is there for you to see.
I truly enjoy snorkeling, and can’t wait to do more of it soon.
I painted “Palm Sunset” to match a bedroom I had all adorned in tropical theme. I have great interest in interior design, so naturally, painting goes right along with that. If I want something to go on the wall to match the room, I just paint it.
My bedroom is now black and white, and “Palm Sunset” brightens the home of a friend.
I’ve always loved the ocean, warm weather, and beautiful sunsets, and I’m thankful to now live in a tropical setting. I can look out my window and watch the palm fronds swaying in the wind. Inspiration is everywhere!
I’ve kept fish at home since I was in High School. I’m not sure why I have taken such an interest in them, but I guess everyone loves seeing colorful fish flutter by in a tank, don’t they? I’ve read that they keep fish tanks in doctor’s offices because it calms people and lowers their blood pressure.
Over the years, I’ve kept all kinds of fish, from simple community fish, cichlids, piranha, and I’ve even done a full saltwater setup. Today, I’ve got two fish tanks. A small one for my betta named Fred and his snail friend Barney, and a 30 gallon setup with community fish, ghost shrimp, and a very large apple snail I plucked from the local pond named Gary.
They’re easy to take care of. Food once a day and keep the water level up. I don’t subscribe to the notion of regular water changes. A good filter and ecosystem in the tank should take care of everything. And, I’ve had a lot of luck doing things this way. I couldn’t stop many of my fish from breeding, even.
Some of the fish I’ve owned were the inspiration for this piece. I’ve had goldfish in the past and enjoy them to this day. I’ve even broken more aquarium rules and had them cohabiting with other community fish without problems.
Just call the me the rebel aquarist.
This painting is on display at the home of a friend.
This is one of my most recent pieces, which I decided to call “Chained”. I don’t usually dabble in the darker subjects, but sometimes when an image strikes in my head, I decide to put it on canvas. Perhaps this one is representative of the protections I’ve put on my own heart….and carefully selecting who to give that precious, ribboned key to.
I thought I’d kick off my new blog with one of my favorite pieces. I created this painting to serve as a color piece for my living room. It turns out a lot of other people love this painting, too!
I decided to enter this piece in the Gulf Coast Art Directory’s “Dreams Within Me” online art contest. You can see the current entries here. If it makes the final 10, I’ll be on here soliciting your votes for the winner. 🙂
This painting took on a whole new meaning for me in 2012 when my hometown endured a raging forest fire that almost destroyed my family’s home. To me, one of the most compelling things about art is its ability to invoke different, and even changing, feelings for each person viewing it, in every season of their lives.
I hope you enjoy and I welcome your comments and feedback!