I love how surfing and diving inspire people to see the world, and that is exactly what my friend, Shea Miller wanted to do with his time since he was so young. It is really incredible to hear about his life experiences in and on the water and how it has shaped who he is today...
It is with great pleasure that I introduce the next commission story of the series. The world traveler, adventurer, all around great person, and my dear friend, Bobbie Vinson:
I am really excited to announce that I'm starting a new series of blog posts about the stories behind commissioned paintings. They were just too cool not to share and I have had the pleasure of meeting the most interesting people through this experience- each with a story to tell. For the first one, I would like to introduce to you, Mike McInnis and the Gallant Lady:
First, I used the projector to blow up Florida on the wall, and the students helped me place paper all over Florida and the surrounding water. We traced Florida and numbered all the papers. Then, students drew the numbers out of a hat to decide which one they would research- it was no surprise that most of the class wanted to research Palm Beach County because they live here, so we had to make it more fair. They researched in the computer lab, at home, and in libraries near by, with the goal of finding or creating symbols that could represent their area.
For those with a bit more heart, the water deepens, and the ocean reaches onto beach where it begins to pull at your feet, hinting there is a greater opportunity beyond the breakers which were sent up to pound the shore and keep most at bay.