Number 38 in the Turtle Tracks Art series
Number 50 in my 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 truly see, create, and find your passion. My artwork has now become the way I tell my story. It is how I explore questions, and express my gratitude and hope for the future. Donating paintings to be auctioned to raise funds for charitable organizations, particularly ones that spark advocacy in child welfare or sea turtle conservation, is a way to put some good out into the world.
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 and lumbered up the beach. Each movement left intricate traces and swirls in the sand as she followed the call to lay her eggs exactly where she was born. I remember the sound of the waves, the feel of the breeze, the faces of my grandchildren, and the profoundly deep feeling that we were all connected to this moment, to each other, to nature and the universe as a whole. To this day, I still have a hard time trying to describe that awe-inspiring experience without becoming emotional.
The next morning, we found her tracks, which represented a journey of hundreds of millions of years. Yet they would be gone in a few hours, buffeted by wind, water, and man. UNLESS. Suddenly I was overwhelmed by the need to document that she was there at that incredible moment.
Art and music seem to strike a chord with many people, connecting the viewer to something bigger than themselves. I decided that painting these tracks on canvas would be a lasting tribute to this mama. By following and filling in the flipper patterns with abstract colors and textures-and noting the day and time of each track-I want to capture the sea turtle's struggle to survive to adulthood and perpetuate her ancient species.
Paintings in this series will be marked with * in the title.
Number 5 in the Turtle Tracks Art series