Taking care of our coast and ocean has always been important to Teddy and I. Now we take it even more seriously as we strive to live off the land and sea, simultaneously building a family and community that also works toward this goal of sustainability. Thank you for being part of our journey and community! I made this Coat of Arms for our own family and beyond, to remind all of us to “Be wise to what is good.”
The rest of the verse in Romans says “and innocent of evil,” which convicts me not to spend too much of my time reading about the craziness of the world (just enough to not be living under a rock). After all, the change that we all want to see isn’t going to happen on social media, it’s clear. The change starts in our own homes and our communities, so focus on making them full of love, joy and goodness, and it will spread faster than Covid.
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.
I am so proud to be featured in 154 units at the Pelican Grand Beach Resortin Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The artwork was chosen to help create a tropical modern meets old Florida vibes. It even includes a retro, sea foam colored mini fridge for their guests' enjoyment and convenience.
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.