There are waves of time
and every wave is a cycle.
And because a cycle continues
it comes back around in a REcycle.
Everything that happens in time
happens again in the process of recycling.
So what we do to the earth,
it will do to us.
The inspiration for this piece is obvious… The Ocean. I created this for a fundraiser with The Look Out in order to raise money with Waves For Water for an outreach mission I committed to in 2015. Filter Funders: Making Waves in Nicaragua. As ambassador for The Look Out, I was thrilled to know that all the proceeds from this piece was going towards the water filters I would deliver to families in need in rural areas of Guasacate, Nicaragua. But here is a little insight of what went into “Making Waves”. First of all, all my work has a style as seen by the line work I have created in the black ink of the waves. But as I created these lines I could not help but think of the fluidity that flows in the ocean. I can feel and envision this never-ending movement of water that brings so much life to this world and beyond the experience of just going to the beach. Whenever I see waves, I think of all the different patterns and designs in the ripples, the way it dazzles like diamonds in the sunlight, or rather gleams like the red carpet under the moonlight. But when you strip away its famous blue, sometimes emerald color, there is just a framework of life beneath it. It does not hide anything nor shadow any part of its depths. We know that it is there and that we just have not had the ability to explore every inch of it. Waves may bring ashore lots of things like shells, sea life, seaweed and occasional pieces of driftwood. But it also brings us pleas of help when non-natural things wash up on the shores like trash and waste products. So in this piece I wanted to reveal what is underneath those waves in the great blue and understand that the ocean can be a healthy machine if we appreciate it enough to take care of it. And just like the clean water from water filters I brought down to Central America, I hope to instill the notion that water is not just important to me, but to everyone that exists. I am happy to say the I partner with an awesome company, The Look Out, that stands behind the statement, “Beyond Yourself”. Water, in all forms, is life to us all. I highly doubt we can survive without a world with water.
Medium: acrylic paint and ink on wood