Number 38 in the "Turtle Tracks Art" series
Number 34 in my "Turtle Tracks Art" series
I've been in love with color since I got my first box of 64 crayons, little waxen soldiers standing at attention, representing infinite possibilities.
My second act started in January, 2018, proving it is never too late to see, create, learn, and save sea turtles.
I'm honored that a painting I donated to Make-A-Wish Wishmaker's Ball charity auction, number 33 in my "Turtle Tracks Art" series, is the first painting in the world sold to an individual to be PixelStix-enabled with video content.
To view the video of me relaying the story behind this series, and Make-A-Wish Foundation's worthy cause, that is attached to this first ever painting click below.
To view the video showing how the PixelStix app works when you tap it to my signature on the painting click below.
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Cottrill Photography
I had a primordial experience that I’m currently committing to canvas. Whenever I visit my daughter and grandchildren in Melbourne Beach, we take a midnight turtle stroll across the sands. One night, blanketed by inky darkness, we stood motionless as a mama loggerhead sea turtle began her slow ascent from the water.
Surely exhausted, she propelled her flippers forward. Each movement left intricate traces and swirls in the sands as she followed the call to lay her eggs exactly where she was born.
Her tracks represented a journey of hundreds of millions of years. Yet they would be gone by the next day, buffeted by wind, water, and man.
UNLESS. Suddenly I was overwhelmed by the need to document that she was there at this incredible moment. By following and filling in the flipper patterns with abstract colors and textures-and noting the day and time of each track-I wanted to capture both the fragility of life and its resilient connectedness.
This “Turtle Tracks Series” is quite personal, and I dare say, important work. We know that visual messages have far greater impact than words alone. I believe this vibrant series has great potential in a time of 24-hour images and 30-second reactions. I hope that my paintings can generate lasting engagement in ocean conservation efforts and remind us of the universal thread that connects every living thing.
Paintings in this series will be marked with * in the title.
Number 5 in the "Turtle Tracks Art" series