‘Sous-marine’ – Underwater On-site Painting

My enjoyment of scuba and artwork has evolved over more than forty years of diving, traveling and painting onsite ‘plein air,’ as well as from my personal photographic reference after the fact. The water has always called to me.

For this specific type of artwork, which I am calling ‘sous-marine,’ I was inspired by seeing an article on Hussain Ihfal, a talented artist from the Maldives using his talents in an unusual way to highlight the issues surrounding global warming. I wanted to see if I could take this idea and bring it to my diving site, Point Lobos State Reserve in California. Point Lobos Reserve was the first marine reserve in the United States and remains one of the premier underwater sites in the world. I am hoping that capturing these artistic impressions of this site and sharing these images will help raise awareness of the value of protecting these areas now and in the future.

Painting underwater is very difficult in comparison to above water. All the movements are slow and the tidal movement make it challenging. Time is also fixed, based on the scuba tank capacity, to complete a painting. Water temperatures in Carmel range from high 40f to 60f and require a dry suit to maintain body warmth, limiting movements you take for granted on land.

This seemed a natural progression from painting the site above water from a boat in the Reserve over four seasons just completed after 18 months.

I look forward to creating more underwater artwork to share.

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