"Over the Christmas Holidays, I had the pleasure
of a small trip to the Hawaiian Islands. As I flew over the east part of Oahu
heading for the Honolulu, I feasted my eyes on the beautiful and rich colours
of the water and landscape. Racing to the beach almost straight from the
tarmac, I could not wait to explore the warm waters for the spectacular sea
life I remembered from my previous trips to Hawaii. To my surprise, the waters
seemed almost barren. A few fish here and there, and the dreaded colour of dead
coral scattered the sea floor. Nothing like I remembered just a mere five years
before. As I surfaced and poked my head
out of the water to grab my bearings, I looked back at the beach, which was teaming
with oil soaked bodies lined up as far as the eye could see. It didn’t take a
rocket scientist to put two and two together.
This led me to more global thoughts of the
millions of tons of fish that have been pulled out of the ocean and the
millions tons of plastic and garbage we have so kindly replaced them with. I
could almost hear the beeping of the dump trucks backing up. Now, I know this
is not breaking news, we have known for a long time the effects we humans have
on the ocean and the environment, but I have to say, this was a low point on
the trip for me because it really stopped me in my tracks and opened my eyes to
how much we really take the ocean and its inhabitants for granted.
Upon my return, a client had request a painting but
had given me free reign to pick the theme and create something special. I took
this opportunity to explore my empathy’s with the particular issue was still
fresh in my mind. I have always liked to dive into bright fantasy’s worlds to
explore more dark concerns with my paintings, and I didn’t want this one to be
any different, so I decided to depict what I would love to to see in the ocean.
Bright, radiant and pudgy fish stuck in fishy traffic.
** Very ironically, this painting was destroyed
upon completion due to a human error that could have been avoided… No Joke." - Stewart Stephenson
Gill Lock, 2015
MIXED MEDIA (OIL, ACRYLIC & EPOXY RESIN) ON BOARD, 36 X 80 IN / 91 X 203 CM
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