Sometimes I start with inspiration and sometimes a painting reveals itself when its complete. This is one of those pieces. I just stared at it wondering what it was telling me. It looked like part of the earth to me, so I looked at a 3D globe image to try and find out where this was. The Gulf Coast kept coming to mind, but it had been changed. I consider myself an environmentalist and have great concern for our planet, but also wonder if this is a glimpse into the future of a new coastline in the south eastern United States.
I’ve always loved being near the ocean but until a few years ago, it has been terrifying for me to step into. I had a near drowning experience as a child, and when I moved to San Diego from Connecticut in 2001, I tried to get back in the water. I unfortunately got caught beneath the crash of a huge wave and was pulled under, keeping me on shore once again. A few years ago a friend asked me to go paddle boarding and I was reluctant, but knew I would be with an experienced swimmer and open ocean diver. I went on the bay and fell involve with water again! I bought a used paddle board that same week and continue to love my time on the water. Rather than traumatic, it has become my calm meditation time to reflect on all things good, and remember how truly blessed I am no matter what troubles happen day-to-day. I wanted to capture something beautiful in this piece to remind me to see beauty and positivity in everything.
This is another subject that revealed itself after the fact. I started pouring in layers tipping the canvas, throwing on glitter, paint and repeat and was a bit disappointed at first that it didn’t have the curved banding look I was trying to achieve. I threw it in the garage and would take it out each day to figure out my thoughts. I really started loving it. There was something about it that made me think: mermaid. I was pretty sure it was the glitter. Then one late night she appeared! I really couldn’t believe she was there! I named the painting before I found her - she must have been trying hard make me see her!