It was a total pleasure working on this very special commission. Not only is it an awesome story, but it also happens that the person who requested this piece is a very talented photographer, Presley Wright. Together, we were able to come up with the perfect way to commemorate this journey in time for Father's Day.
As a family, Presley, her parents, and her brother sailed their boat from Alaska down the west coast of North and Central America, through the Panama Canal and up to Key West. I had the most gorgeous photographs to work from- Whales, Seals, Bald Eagles, Bears, oh my! The final product was one chart of Alaska with a bald eagle, bear, orca and their boat against the cliffs. The other chart was of North, Central and South America and included a sail fish that they caught on their journey, a whale shark, grouper and mother and child humpback whales. Both charts can be viewed on my commissions page, and the North America chart is for sale as a pre-order, limited edition of 50 18"x24" prints.
This was the trip that her father had dreamed about since he was a kid, and what an amazing experience to be able to share that kind of adventure with your children?! I felt honored to have been a part of it through this painting for her Dad, and happy to be able to share it with you all in honor of Father's Day. To see some more of Presley's photography and journey, check out her blog, "Journey to the Other Side."
Thanks so much, Presley… until we meet again!