Intertidal, Oil on Canvas, 50"x 68", 2016
My paintings are about color and the sensations of light that is essential for seagrass survival. The interconnectedness of a vast number of species sheltered, fed and protected by seagrass habitats is an inspiration for my paintings. Intertidal is about the movement of sea life underwater. As the tides move back and forth, diffused light changes into sharper more pronounced colors. Prior to working in the field with the Novak Lab, seagrass conservation group, I imagined seagrasses lived in beautiful serene environments. After being in the water with pinching crabs, urchins, and other creatures beneath my feet , I got to experience the beauty and the tension of survival in these environments. In intertidal, I try to capture both the beauty and tension between different elements making the community.