It was such a pleasure painting for and getting to know this awesome couple, Mark and Stacie Campbell. I wanted to share how they have been working toward an Eco-friendly dining experience. Hog Snappers is one of the first to be a part of Loggerhead Marinelife Center's Blue Table program. There are certain criteria to be apart of the pilot program like, no plastic bags to go, silverware and straws only upon request, etc. but these owners took it above and beyond! In the video, you'll see how they have been raising the bar for all local restaurants and inspiring so many people throughout Palm Beach County in doing so! The Florida Night Hogfish original is on display at the restaurant, but you can purchase a print in several different sizes over in the shop.
Swordfish Snacking was a challenging and rewarding painting for me. I grew up on the ocean, mostly surfing and snorkeling, and even though I had fished several times, I wouldn't have considered myself someone who fished. After we bought our own boat 2 years ago, now with two young boys who we wanted to share the ocean with, my husband and I took up fishing. Diving would have been too much time in the same place, while waiting for mommy or daddy to come back up, and though I can't wait to eventually surf with them, they're really not quite ready for that.
Ben Hicks and I have been friends since our very first Art Show together about three years ago. We both liked all things ocean and surfing, we were both making a career of something we loved, we were both expecting little groms of our own soon... We still have so much in common, and so does our art. When I started this painting of Boca and Deerfield, "The Hatchling Charge", it didn't immediately occur to me that I was painting Ben's life as a photographer. As most of you know, his main subjects are waves and sea turtles and Boca is his main stomping ground.
This painting was a huge honor to create. Not only was it exciting and challenging to fit all of the historic symbols of Florida, but I also loved the fact that it was a very special, and thoughtful gift from a sister to her brother, and the brother just so happens to be Harvey E. Oyer III. If you have children in Elementary school here in Florida, you will no doubt learn about him soon, as your child embarks on a journey through Florida history while reading "The Adventures of Charlie Pierce."