One of the places that I have always wanted to visit is Hawaii. I’ve visited beaches from California to Florida and Mexico, and each of them I have found uniquely different from the other. I’d love to walk on the black volcanic sand and see the green cloaked mountains rising sharply from the sea, eat some local food, and enjoy the island life…if only for a short while.
Someday I will make it to Hawaii. But in the meantime, images of its beaches and sunsets have been the subject of a lot of my art. I’d love to climb into this scene and drift in the breeze in that hammock!
This piece was painted for a friend and brings the scenery of Hawaii to a Colorado home.
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.