Christina under the Sea

Christina is finally completed. She is 48×36″ thick gallery wrap.

My sister, Sherie remarked that she reminded her of Andrew Wyeth’s painting of Christina in the fields. SO this is my version of her under the sea.

Mermaid decor

Christina 48x36s

Detail shots.   Prints are now available on demand.

christina fish

Octopus painting in blues

Teal Octopus 36x48

“Teal Octopus” is a large 48×36″ heavy gallery wrap. Metallic golds and some gold leaf accents make this quite stunning in person. AS you walk by, the various textures and metallic highlights peak out.

I have such a love for all things ocean! Continually designing paintings dealing with water, reflections, beaches, mermaids, tropical islands, surf and underwater scenes.

If you happen to look at my website, you will notice how many paintings I have created in my pursuit of discovering and creating pieces of art that give people joy. They hopefully can relate with my love for the sea.

An older painting given a new life

“Fish in My Pond” is a 48×24″ painting that I created several years ago but I wanted to update it. Every year, I feel that I am a better artist having exploring different techniques and  working on many paintings. I really think it is more true to the original idea and more vibrant. What do you think?

fish in my pond 48x24

Here is the original which is much more abstract. I brushed clear gesso on the entire painting and actually re-painted every inch.

fish in my pond 24x48 2015

Detail of new painting.

fish in my pond detail

Baby Sea Turtles Exploring

“Coral Bliss” is 30x15x1.5″ gallery wrap with some of the hot new colors for 2019. (coral and teals)  Following the series called First Plunge Babies where the hatchlings scurry to the shore to have their first salty swim…now they explore the bottom and the reefs.

Coral Bliss 30x15

” Exploring the Reef” is similar to the above painting with the same fun expressionistic brush strokes and metallic touches. The gallery wrap is 40×16″ and perfect for a narrow space on a wall.  It started with a base of peach colored gesso on the white canvas so the colors peak of from the layers of pastels.

Exploring the Reef 40x16

Mermaid in Shallow Waters

I had this idea in my head of painting a mermaid interacting with a sea turtle. After numerous sketches, I came up with this idea. This siren is in the shallow waters near a reef so there are fish and seaweeds. when I was younger, I did quite a bit of diving with a snorkel and also dive tank and gear. I had to pull my memories of how the highlights hit the water and make patterns on the sea floor and everything else. Since this scene was totally made up, I also had to figure out how the light would hit certain parts of the mermaids body and how the shadows played with the highlights. I wanted to keep it my expressionistic/impressionistic stylings so didn’t try for realism. For instance the little fish are made from three quick brushstrokes.

The objective is to distill more emotion with luminous colorings and the sweep of the brushstrokes showing movement of the water. The seaweed fanning with the currents and bubbles floating up along with her hair give the feeling of being underwater.

“Silent Conversation” is 48′ tall and 36″ wide.

Silent Conversation 48x36

Impressionistic Details

Silent Conversation back

Her face took the most time, She took on many faces until she finally appeared.

Silent Conversation facesilent conversation on wallSilent Conversation turtle

Octopus in Blues

“Teal Octopus” is a large fanciful impressionistic painting. 48×36″ gallery wrap. I embedded gold leaf details and some 3D elements for interest. Using large brushes and bold strokes along with twisted medium brush details teaches me to be deliberate with my strokes and to not overwork.

Teal Octopus a48x36Teal Octopus detail

Siren and Coral Reef

This mermaid painting was started nearly 2 months ago and I have been working on it off and on. Finally last week, I made some progress and reached a place where she spoke ” Here I am”.  When first I started sketching in her face, it was too large for her body so several days of alterations and adding fish and elements was necessary. I liked the areas of very little detail mixed with smaller areas of detail. Its still soft and semi impressionistic.

“Siren Lounge” is 40x30x1.5″ and is available at this time.

Siren Lounge 40x30

Decor idea

siren decor

Face detail

Siren facesiren signature