Art, Conservation, Creature Feature, Environment -

Welcome to the world of the Pacific Sea Nettle Jellyfish, aka Chrysaora fuscescens. Graceful, flowing with the currents of the sea. Around the world, their habitats and subspecies vary. Locally in Monterey Bay, I love to witness (from a distance) their slow and calm presence. Often you will spot one drifting along on its own. Perhaps they are scattered every 20 feet or so. If the water is clear with sun rays beaming through you can see them in the depths. More rarely there may be a super bloom with hundreds of jellies together at once, brought in by powerful...

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Art, Art Classes, Art Show, Creative Practice, Painting Class -

My favorite year-end activity is looking back on the year that passed. When you are in the day to day grind, you have small accomplishments every day. It is easy to forget about the larger mountains scaled. Taking a moment to reflect reveals that your hard work pays off, and you are chipping away at goals. It can also highlight shortcomings that become objectives for the new year. Here are some of my top accomplishments of 2019!

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Art, Creative Practice, Interview, Process -

I recently caught up with Local Santa Cruz to talk a bit about my art & inspiration. Check out the original article here, and read on for the Q&A!

Local Santa Cruz: Please share about your background and journey as an artist; what led you to painting?

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Art, Conservation, Environment, Process, Projects -

When the Plastic Pickup asked me to create a mural that would go behind their massive golf ball wave project, I knew it was a perfect fit! Just a few years ago these 20,000 golfballs were sitting on the ocean floor, releasing plastic into the sea as their outer core degraded. Alex Weber of The Plastic Pickup led the golfball collection effort and went on to publish a scientific study demonstrating the release of toxic components. As a result, NOAA Marine Sanctuaries and Pebble Beach Golf Course designed a protocol to collect the 2-5 million more balls estimated to be along the coastline. The goal...

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Art, Process, Projects -

This month I collaborated with Ventana Surfboards on their first-ever Handplane Artist Project! I’ve always admired Ventana for their commitment to the environment. The reclaimed redwood handplane will be finished with neoprene wetsuit offcuts for the hand strap, and glassed with an eco-friendly bio-based resin, ready to glide down any wave! Here are a timelapse clip and some progress pics!   I drew inspiration from the canary rockfish (for its color) & California poppies, our state flower. I allowed bits of the redwood to show through.. one thing I love about using wood as a surface.  The opposite side where the strap goes to...

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