Artist Statement

My abstract paintings are about the sensations of life within seagrass beds; the color,

the energy, and interconnectedness of species. Seagrass is a flowering plant that lives

in the shallow salty waters of our oceans and needs light to survive. It is home to

thousands of sea animals including the dugong, manatee, green sea turtle and many

more. Seagrass helps with shore erosion (slows down wave action) and hold down

CO2s in it’s roots. For me, seagrass symbolizes an amazing source of potentiality.

Through my research and collaborations with marine ecologists, I learned about Blue

Carbon, the carbon that is captured and stored by marine ecosystems such as

mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows. This storage function buffers climate

change and ocean acidification. Blue C features paintings and drawings depicting how

important seagrass habitats are not only for ocean life, but for the air we breathe as


Nature already has an amazing way of dealing with pollution we dump into it, to an

extent. Clean water is important not only for seagrass ecosystems that need light to

survive but also us. When we pollute our rivers, estuaries and oceans we get algae

blooms that block light. This results in loss of costal environments that feed and sustain

many species of life, including us. In “When the Tide Floods In” I painted the beautiful

reliance seagrass has within natural rhythms of tides, and the brilliant light. In my

painting “Carbon Capture”, I depict wispy charcoal lines that suggest CO2 in the air. My

abstracted seagrass meadow in the foreground is painted with broad strokes, graffiti like

marks and drips of paint. Small amounts of pink reflections poke through the plant like

matter. I want the viewer to bring their own interpretation and ask more questions. Why

are 20 football fields of seagrass lost everyday? How is Carbon stored in the sediment?

What happens to this natural storage bank when seagrass beds are destroyed? I

portray the quiet beauty and crucial role seagrass plays keeping our air and waters


Interviews with marine ecologists can be found here


Very excited that Katiba Das chose to interview both marine ecologist Alyssa Novak and my self!


You can help protect our waters by contacting your congress people by clicking here:


For volunteering with Alyssa Novak’ s seagrass conservation group email Hanna:






So excited to donate part of my proceeds to ocean awareness and eelgrass conservation efforts:

Novak Eelgrass Restoratio

Women Working for the Oceans

Salem Sound Coastwatch

Cohasset’s Center for Student Coastal Research

Mass Sierra Club


I am a member of the following associations

Cambridge Art Association

SOWA Arts Guild

United South End Artists



Here are some of my favorite marine ecology web sites


BU Earth and Sciences

The Nature Conservancy

Marshland Wanderer

Florida Conservation Commission

Green Harbors Projects

Ocean Defenders Alliance

Ocean Portal, Smithsonian


Seagrass Conservation