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Collecting Samples, Oil on Canvas, 24″x 72″, 2020 | #MassArtAuction

Super excited that “Collecting Samples” was selected for 2021Mass Art Auction!!! This painting was inspired by volunteering at Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research– the worlds largest seagrass restoration site in 2019. I was invited to volunteer & helped monitoring the eelgrass beds. We dove underwater and collected samples of sediment. Above ground and below ground fauna. In this painting, I tried to capture the constant shifts in water movement. A lot of balance was required to stay on task as waves came rolling in. I reversed the colors so the blue-greens of the water became hot orange-pinks to feature seagrass as the prominent stars of the habitat.  The physical sample collecting part was a balancing act for me; dealing with wave action, moon jelly fish and occasional stingrays that swam by made it a little hard to collect exactly the right amount of sediment.  I used a lot of textures and patterns to create some of the mollusks and arthropods.


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