Framed 6.5" x 8" Limited Edition Giclee Print, 2013 (Age 17)
For me, water always evokes an emotional response. During the time I was working on this piece at age seventeen, I was experiencing waves of emotional ups and downs splashing all around me. While painting I enjoy listening to music and contemplating lyrics. The words “the smallest drop in the ocean can start a wave of emotion” specifically spoke to me [i]. The smallest thing such as a hidden rock can create a sea-foam splash, like in this painting based on many photos I took of the ocean’s roaring tides crashing into Prince Edward Island late one summer’s eve. Of course, this scene could have occurred on any coast, which is why it has such universal appeal. I find it interesting how people are fascinated by water, something so common that fills 70% of the earth, yet can convey such metaphoric meaning. For me as an artist, depicting water like this highlights its beauty and the necessity of preserving this natural resource. I was on my way out the door to get this piece framed, when a collector from Newfoundland saw it on my Facebook page and messaged me saying he wanted to purchase it. I texted him photos and we picked out the nautical frame together.
[i] Eternity by Paul van Dyk, vocals by Adam Young (Owl City)